|SUE - a breast cancer survivor||
Well, I spent yesterday afternoon talking to people about self breast exam, mammograms, early detection, and breast cancer. I ate one hot dog and some kettle corn. All in all-it was a good day! I was amazed by how few people I actually knew. I avoided some hazardous droppings which was a miracle as I carted my big pink basket around and was relieved that it got lighter as I passed things out and moved through the people. I worked many summers cooking and selling hot sausage sandwiches so that does not have much appeal to me. I love the dairy- ice cream place as that is the best deal going but since milk and I are no longer amicable friends and I prefer my bathroom at home, I avoided that stand with deep regret. It is interesting to see the people at the fair. I love the pigs ( the babies), horses, and goats (cows from a distance). I actually took dinner home ( a sausage sandwich to my husband and a pulled pork for me). From five on, it was impossible to get in our out of my drive and of course we only have to sit on our porch to hear the concert. I am so glad that they no longer have helicopter rides as that was very disconcerting to go out with your dogs and right above the tree line, see a helicopter hovering over your property and of course watching what you were doing. Our hot tub nights were limited during those times. The hot tub is gone, and the fair goes on. The new barn looked great and it is hard to imagine how many hands it takes to get that whole event up and running and functioning the entire fair time. It reminds me of my treatment and how many unknown hands were involved in my care and getting me where I am today. I obviously could not get cookies and treats to everyone on the long list because I was truly unaware of everyone involved. So today, I send thanks to all the unsung heroes in the medical field that each day walk the extra mile so that I could transition through yours and my health crises in the least interrupted way. Thanks for taking my chart and directing it to those that needed it, and those of you that did the tests and then ran them and took my blood and processed them and handled my insurance issues so that the process seemed flawless and provided hands on care and those that held my hand as I went to sleep before my surgery in an otherwise scarey environment. There are many more that I can't even begin to thank or realize were involved, I thank you. Although as a medical professional you don't do these things for thank you's, you rarely hear the positives coming from patients, it is more like the paper and we hear more about the bad things that happen than the good. I am proud to work in an establishment that stands for caring, and comfort, and reassurance, and making the walk with your illness the easiest transition that is possible and providing for our patients needs . I do hear how comforting it is to be here at the institute and thank you's are given. Having been involved in both sides,So I again offer you my hand, if you need help and even if I didn't see you at the fair, I am willing to help. Give me a call and I will listen.