I would like to sing the praise of my co-workers and this incredible hospital staff in general. On November 7, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and within minutes the staff on my unit were by my side offering support and helping me process what I needed to do next.
Karen in the Breast Care Center was able to meet with me right away to give me information to help me process what was happening and decisions I needed to make. Dr. Chace opened his office hours early in order to provide an earlier consultation with him and get the ball rolling. Dr. Thorp has been kind, understanding, and swift in her treatment plan. Every appointment was made quickly and I felt very informed of what was happening to me and around me. From the day I found out to the day of my first chemo was a record setting 19 days, I am grateful that everyone involved understood the importance of moving quickly and making me feel like the highest priority. I have visited MRI, nuclear medicine, lab, the breast care center, outpatient surgery, outpatient infusion center, among multiple other areas I am sure to be leaving out, every area has been a pleasant experience in light of the seriousness of the situation.
I am impressed by the level of compassion all around, the staff on my home unit has gone above and beyond to assist me in every way possible including ordering shirts that support my cause and donating PTO's to assist me when time off is needed above what I have available, checking on me daily, an outpouring of love and support that is a true testament to the level of care and compassion that is housed within these walls.
Today I was again humbled with a generous gift from the care committee, offering items to make this Christmas more special for my family as we travel this new territory again showing the tremendous amount of love and caring spirit abundant at Norman Regional. I am truly blessed to be part of this team in both members I know and strangers that have offered the best parts of themselves. I have been blessed to have a list of doctors, nurses, aides, unit clerks, case managers, administrators, transport staff, housekeeping, PT, OT, among many other areas reach out and offer any and all support they have to offer.
I wish I had more to offer than my heartfelt gratitude, I will win this battle then my next task will be to figure out how to truly pay forward to any and everyone I have been lucky enough to meet along this road. Thank you for building such an incredible team.