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This one's personal

Some physicians and medical care professionals maintain an arms length relationship with their patients.  You see this on TV when stoic physicians just can't get involved. You know, don't shed a tear stuff.  From the outset, I knew that my oncologist, one of the best in treating Lymphoplasmatic Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma at DFCI would become a best friend.  After six years of great care and participating in many clinical trials it's no surprise that we'd become good friends, very good friends, hugs and all.  She has two of the best oncology nurses in the business.  More about this incredible team in another blog where they deserve more time and space that I can give now.  

But today is an important day because we've been planning this for a long time, dinner, relaxing, no business, lots of fun and behind the scene stories at my house.  Look, they see hundreds of patients each year and for some reason, their eyes light up, they smile and they hug when I show for an appointment.  It'c can't be my charm; it must be my wife and family in whom they have a keen interest.  I never thought much about the care in healthcare until I needed it. I'm still convinced that virtually all physicians and nurses have some kind of 'calling', some kind of urge to provide true care for a fellow human, perhaps the best kind of love, no strings attached.   

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From Cathy Riordan | On October 04, 2012 @08:03 pm
I wish all my cancer patients were like you. Thanks for your story with a medical care perspective.

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