Dear every cancer patient I ever took care of, I’m sorry. I didn’t get it.

I’m rebogging this because much of what she says rings true in my situation. Thanks for the honesty and thoughtfulness of this post. Lindsay, almost all of my health care team have been fabulous but there are a few that just didn’t get it. I am grateful most are compassionate even if they have not been there themselves.

Here Comes the Sun

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Dear every cancer patient I ever took care of, I’m sorry. I didn’t get it.

This thought has been weighing heavy on my heart since my diagnosis. I’ve worked in oncology nearly my entire adult life. I started rooming and scheduling patients, then worked as a nursing assistant through school, and finally as a nurse in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. I prided myself in connecting with my patients and helping them manage their cancer and everything that comes with it. I really thought I got it- I really thought I knew what it felt like to go through this journey. I didn’t.

I didn’t get what it felt like to actually hear the words. I’ve been in on countless diagnoses conversations and even had to give the news myself on plenty of occasions, but being the person the doctor is talking about is surreal. You were trying to…

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About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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2 Responses to Dear every cancer patient I ever took care of, I’m sorry. I didn’t get it.

  1. Thomas Sitte says:

    Thank You Suzanne. Your blogs are worthfull every day. Alas, I cannot manage t read all of them.
    Best
    Tom

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