Breast Screening Centre a lesson in hope and Love
I can't recall the exact sequence of events, but I remember the biopsy, and I remember, despite my best efforts, the tears running down my cheeks. What I now remember most though, aside from Dr. Lynda Harker’s upbeat smile and cheerful manner, was Deb Moon-a woman whose sole purpose was to comfort scared patients like me. She held my hands throughout the procedure, and told me repeatedly, that I was not going to die from breast cancer. If there are angels on this earth, surely she is one of them.
When my family physician, Dr. Moore called a few days later to deliver the grim news, I sat in our kitchen and cried my eyes out. After weeks of anguished waiting, we met with the surgeon. My case was relatively straight forward. The tumor was small, it was caught early, and they felt that with surgery and treatment I would be fine.
I had a lumpectomy in February and started a month of radiation shortly after that. I didn't need chemo, which oddly had less significance than I thought it would. Hair or not, I was glad to be alive.
Of the many ways in which this experience change my life, perhaps the biggest was realizing the importance of kindness and caring. From the pink gowns in the Breast Screening Centre to the mirrors with inspirational comments in the change rooms, to the incredibly warm, confident and considerate attitudes of the staff…they make a frightening, often lonely experience a lesson in hope and love.
Posted Monday, October 5 2015
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