An Unexpected Journey

IBC SURVIVOR – MY STORY

Thanks Dr. H. February 27, 2012

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I recently had a 6 months checkup (and a good one by the way) with my medical oncologist, Dr. H.  She is so awesome!  This woman is like a doctor, coach, and friend all rolled in to one.  She reminds me to celebrate life and not dwell on the negative.  To find ways to be a positive influence for others.

One of the things she recommends as a positive step is to call my local American Cancer Society and see if there is a way I can help someone else.  I hadn’t called yet and to be honest my mind has been on taking care of my son and husband with everyday life.  Then I started checking my unread blog subscriptions and came across fellow blogger Laura Renegar’s post (be sure to check out her blog)  http://laurarenegar.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/are-you-a-breast-cancer-survivor-5/  with information on a local training in her area for Reach to Recovery Volunteers by the American Cancer Society.    Guess that might be a sign for me to give my local center a call.

Since I am talking about Dr. H. today, I want to take a minute and remind everyone out there about the importance of your doctor.  It is so crucial to your treatment and recovery to have a doctor who listens and encourages.  I know I can ask my medical oncologist anything and she will give me a truthful answer with understanding of who I am and what I am going through.  I’m not just a patient, I am another human being with feelings and a need for hope.

To complete my day of good news, my sister and I went shopping and out to eat.  We had some great “giggle time”, as a dear friend of mine calls it.  The only thing my day lacked was buying a new purse.   Hmm… maybe next time.  🙂

Blessings to you all.