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Coping & CKUA: Shirley Wilcox’s Story

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Do you have a story about you and CKUA that you’d like to share with us? Please let us know by writing us. We’d love to feature it! What do such stories look like? Well, here’s one by longtime listener, Shirley Wilcox. 

Although I was aware of CKUA prior to this, I began listening to the station on a regular basis about 8 years ago.

It was at that time that I was diagnosed with “treatment resistant depression.” I had been taking medication to treat my depression for the past 15 years which had worked well, when suddenly it stopped working.

I proceeded to try a wide variety of medications for the next four years, none of which offered me any relief. So, I had no other choice but to try a treatment called ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), which worked! The only glitch was that I would have to do maintenance treatments every two weeks to stay well. This required me to scale down my life: I had to quit a job I loved, stop volunteer work that I enjoyed, and in general make my world a smaller place.

How does CKUA fit into all of this you may ask? Well, since I was spending a great deal of time at home, now CKUA literally saved my life! My children were grown and my husband was still working, so CKUA was on from morning until night and initially it acted as the voices and interaction with other people that I missed so much. I grew to love so many of the announcers and shows and developed a special fondness for the shows Play it Again and The Old Disc Jockey.

CKUA continues to be a comfort and a source of expanding my musical knowledge in the current challenge of COVID-19.

Thank you CKUA!!

Sincerely, 
Shirley Wilcox 

Thanks again for telling us this touching story about you and CKUA, Shirley! We wish you all the best!

Please email us if you would like to share your own CKUA story with our community!