A good doctor cures you. A good nurse gets you through it all.
Okay, maybe it’s a little on the edge to put it like that. But seriously. A good nurse does so much more than changing your chemo bag on the IV pole.
She fills you with energy.
And when you’re trekking through cancer you hunger for energy.
Today, I got a flashback to one of the nurses, who took care of me when I lay in the cancer bed, bald from chemo and about to loose half of my leg. She is one of the main characters in my book “Willpower Girl – A Teenager’s Trek Through Cancer”. If you read it you will meet her and experience first hand what kind of role she played for me and the other teenagers who were hospitalized. I often think of her. Today, she was the one thinking of me: She send me a letter. I got so touched I had to go outside for a while even though it was raining.
There on the balcony I started to think of the difference a nurse can make.
The Nurse Made Me Smile
This nurse made me smile every day. And she made my family smile as well. And I promise you; there weren’t that much to smile about. It wasn’t like she was telling jokes all the time. She just treated me like me – not like a patient.
Showed My Friends How To Support Me
She also explained my situation to my friends so I didn’t have to. She told them how they should hold my hand. And how they shouldn’t. Which resulted in a lot of great support from my friends.
In addition she talked to my high school teachers so they knew how and why my energy and focus were somewhere else but in their class room. It didn’t prevent me from bad grades, but I got to stay in class.
And she let my parent’s friends know how they could help: filling our fridge, driving my friends to the hospital, looking after my brother …
She made sure I understood the doctors words. And that the doctors understood mine.
On the days she was on duty – even the darkest and most rainy days – she brought light and lightness to the hospital. Important vitamins for all of us trying to climb the chemo mountain.
Thank you for being you and brining so much joy into lives with so much to worry about. I’m sure you are a big inspiration for others in your position. All your patients and their families are lucky to have you in a situation where they are unfortunate enough to need someone like you.