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Reflecting on the Above and Beyond

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nkochrn has 10 years experience and specializes in ER, OB, Med-Surg, Geriatric, Clinic.

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I've always hated the saying, "You never think it can happen to you." I guess I just think logically, if it can happen to someone else then obviously it can happen to me. I do have to admit that I never thought I'd be sitting in an oncology office with my Dad. I knew it could happen, no one is immune to cancer, but it just never crossed my mind that my family would be battling it. I've earned a great respect for those who work the field of oncology. You are reading page 2 of Reflecting on the Above and Beyond. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

nkochrn has 10 years experience and specializes in ER, OB, Med-Surg, Geriatric, Clinic.

5 Articles; 257 Posts; 12,494 Profile Views

Good luck to your Dad, tell him to 'keep truckin' :) they do amazing things in oncology x

Funny you should say that, he's actually a truck driver! lol. He's been in great spirits and taking everything very well, although it took a little bit for him to get to this point. Hopefully in a few weeks he will literally get to 'keep truckin.'

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I am a RN on a med/surg unit with half of my patients being oncology patients and the other half non-oncology. I must say, I have a special place in my heart for oncology patients. And believe it or not, but they seem to be the most appreciative of all my patients. I love knowing I can walk into and out of a room with a patient and their family in such a vulnerable state and give them the reassurance that I really do 'care'. Theres nothing worse than feeling like you're just a body and your nurses caring for you are just doing a job. From the moment you walk into a patient's room they can sense whether or not you truly care.

I too was on the other side, being a family member sleeping at the bedside of someone I love going through a terrible battle. And I could see and feel how comforting a simple caring smile was. I could tell who actually was "listening" when we spoke. That was when I decided I truly wanted to become a nurse.

Oncology patients or anyone going through such a difficult time in their life should never feel like they are 'bothering' their nurse when they ask for something. They should never feel like they're just a body laying in a bed. This can truly impact how they handle their disease. Even those patients that never cracked a smile no matter how hard you tired.... Deep down they are smiling knowing you care about them. Maybe when you walked out of the room they smiled. And they are comforted that even though you're not in their room, you are there if they call or need anything at all. You are "there" and present both professionally, emotionally, and mentally.

My best wishes to you, your father and your family. Father's have been so strong for us as we grew up and now we try to be strong for them.

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well I am sure that after this experience you will make an even bigger difference..it is a humbling time..i was seriously ill about 6 years ago and my experience as a patient was a huge eye opener..completely changed me,,best wishes to your dad..

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nkochrn has 10 years experience and specializes in ER, OB, Med-Surg, Geriatric, Clinic.

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Thanks for all the well wishes! Today my Dad had a follow up appointment with reports of good labs. He's also noticed a decrease in the size of his lumps!

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