For Margarett Hirt it’s All in the familyWhen you walk in the doors of Citizen’s National
Margarett Hirt has worked at Rockdale’s Citizen’s National Bank for 20 years. Everyone seems to know Hirt or at least someone in her large family.
The Rockdale community can become a part of her family by partcipating in a benefit for her Sunday, Oct. 10 at The Ranch.
Hirt has had to take a leave of absense from her job in order to undergo treatment for colorectal/hepatocarcinoma cancer. She has been receiving treatment at the Cancer Clinic of Bryan, which is affiliated with M.D. Anderson.
“It’s a wonderful place, I can’t say enough good things about it,” Hirt said. “The people are all so personable and do everything they can to make you as comfortable as possible. People from out of the area come to the Cancer Clinic of Bryan because they are that good.”
DIAGNOSIS– Hirt found out she had cancer in June of 2009.
“I started feeling really tired and my hemoglobin was very low,” said Hirt. “I went and had a colonoscopy and that one actually came out good. But the doctor felt like something wasn’t right so he made me an appointment with another doctor in Bryan. I had another colonoscopy and that’s when it was found.”
ALL IN THE FAMILY– Hirt has relied on her close relationship with her family to help her get through the tough days.
They have three sons, two who reside in Rockdale. Son Troy and wife Kim and their children Mackenzie and Tyler and son Clay and wife Tisha and their children Aiden and Emerson, all reside in Rockdale. Their third son Drew and wife Candice live in Round Rock.
Then there are her sisters, Barbara Young and husband Mike, Donna Garza and husband John, and Teresa Mireles. She has one brother Larry and his wife Pam. Plus numerous neices and nephews.
Hirt’s mother, Miriam Nolen, has been a mom to many as she has worked at the Love and Learning Center for over 30 years.
“There’s a bunch of us,” Hirt said with a laugh. “And we’re a very close family. We moved to Rockdale when I was in third grade so I think I pass as a native Rockdalian. I graduated in 1971.”
Hirt’s birthday is October 6, so the benefit is also a big birthday party, marking another year Hirt has won the cancer fight.
CITIZENS– Her banking family is also quite extensive.
“Citizen’s has been wonderful to me,” she said. “I hope to go back to work one day.
“My treatment is every other week, so it is impossible to work. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, every other week and it takes a while to recover after treatment,” Hirt said. “The side effects from the chemo is the hardest part. There are so many different kinds of treatment and they affect everybody differently.”
MISSING OUT– Fatigue is keeping Hirt from doing things that she loves to do.
“I feel like I can’t be as involved with my grandkids because I can’t get going and I never used to miss anything that my grandkids did,” she said. “I always want to be right there with them.”
“Also working in the yard is pretty much out and I really enjoy that. Now I just sit and think of things I want to do when I feel better.”
STRAIN– Financial strain is, of course, a factor, as it always is when someone has cancer and receiving treatment.
“I don’t know how anyone could go through this and not have insurance, it would be devastating,” Hirt said. “Just the mental strain would affect your health. We have insurance but the costs above insurance are terrible enough. Deductibles go up, costs go up.”
FEELING THE LOVE– Hirt attributes her positive attitude to her family and her many friends.
“My friends are my family too. There has never been a time when I felt like I couldn’t call someone if I needed help. If I need a ride or anything, this whole community has always been there for me. This community really pulls together when there is any kind of a need.”
Sales of barbecue brisket and sausage plates with beans, potato salad and cole slaw, starting at 11 a.m. at The Ranch. Sale will last until sold out. The cost is $8 per plate and is available dine-in or carry out.
There will also be an auction starting at 3 p.m., followed by Chicken Bingo. For more information or to donate auction items, call Teresa Mireles at 446-5408 or Donna Garza at 446-3185.
There has also been an account set up at Rockdale Federal Credit Union for donations.