When anyone is first diagnosed with cancer it is a very scary time. It was for me 17 years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I prefer to have a slice of humor with most things and a cancer diagnosis was no exception.
My primary care clinician offered 2 oncologists she thought I might like. One was closer and well liked by many of her patients. The other oncologist was a bit of a drive but had a sense of humor. I chose the humorous oncologist.
My oncologist is very smart and has a dry sense of humor. Yes these are all the qualities I want in a doctor, especially when dealing with cancer. I think so much of him I have recommended him to friends and acquaintances when they were diagnosed with breast cancer. After meeting with him, all have agreed he is their best choice for oncologist.
Fast-forward 17 years and it is time for my yearly cancer check. First I have my mammogram and the following week I see the oncologist. Of course like all breast cancer patients I am anxious because there is no cure for breast cancer so we are always in the state of remission.
Knowing I am seeing someone I like and one who is keeping up with the latest research and who makes me laugh, quells the anxiety feelings. A bit.
Sitting in the waiting room either for the mammogram or the appointment I know I am one of the lucky ones. So far I have only had the cancer one time and am still around to talk about it.
My oncologist is getting older as we all are. Sooner, but I hope later, he will retire and I will have to start with some one new who might not share the slice of humor remedy. I will worry about that then and appreciate the now.
Have you had your yearly mammogram? Do you like a slice of humor with your health care?