Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Extraordinary Healer

Over the past few years I have read CURE® Magazine. I have especially like reading the the stories written by patients about their relationships with their oncology nurses. The Magazine runs a contest in which patients nominate their oncology nurses for the Extraordinary Healer® Award for Oncology Nursing. Contest finalists attend the Oncology Nursing Society's (ONS) Annual Congress where the winner is announced.

Last year,  I decided it was time for me to write about my relationship with Carla, one of the many special oncology nurses at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Although we didn't win the contest we were still honored to have my nominating essay as part of the collection shared in  CURE® Magazine's book,  extraordinary healers volume 9.  CURE® produced the book with the support of Novocare, Takeda Oncology and Amgen. Thanks Novocure, Millenium Takeda Oncology and Amgen for supporting this project.

Cover Vol 9 extraordinary healers
My essay / photo of Carla and I

My Essay page 2

Imagine how happy I was when I turned the book over and saw this quote from my essay. 

"What makes an extraordinary nurse? One who listens to their patients during their very first treatment and provides excellent oncology care - with a large dose of compassion when the unusual occurs."

Carla certainly made a difference in my chemotherapy experience. She is more than my nurse she is my friend.

If your life has been touched by an amazing, compassionate oncology nurse I urge you to nominate your nurse this year for CURE® Magazine's Extraordinary Healer® Award for Oncology Nursing.
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Every Day is a Blessing! And my life was blessed by Carla.

1 comment:

CareAcross said...

CURE magazine always makes for a great read, it's great to see that your sincere thoughts made it there.