An anesthesiologist who, while checking himself into the hospital because he’s having a heart attack, calls from the admitting office to make sure that his patient who is scheduled for surgery that day (my husband John) is comfortable and has had all of his needs met?
An interventional radiologist who, on the evening before his one-month Asian vacation begins, personally drives across town after work to pick up his patient’s PET scan results. then returns to the hospital to spend 2 hours plotting a very tricky RFA procedure with his colleague who will carry it out, then calls John from his home at 8 PM to say goodbye and reassure him that he will be in good hands?
A nurse anesthesiologist who tells her supervisor that if my husband is ever scheduled for surgery on one of her days off, she would like to be called in to assist– on her day off?
These were just some of the members of my husband’s amazing medical team. We knew none of them before this whole cancer odyssey began, and actually got off to a very bad, almost disastrous start with the anesthesiologist. So what was it that John and I did that aroused such kindness and compassion from these medical professionals? What did we do that forged such a strong sense of team, and how might our experience be transferrable to other cancer patients?
The rest of this chapter in Shedding Light on the Cancer Journey www.amazon.com/dp/B004T3331M details how John and I slowly taught his doctors about the healing power of compassion and forged them into “the John Team”.
All this and much more on the endless decisions and confusions of a cancer patient’s life– what your doctor doesn’t tell you, what could (until the publication of this book) only be learned through hard experience– is now available in E-book format at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004T3331M
The E-book can be read on any computer, Ipad, Ipod Touch, Blackberry or Android– the reader is completely free and quickly downloadable from Amazon.
I will make absolutely no profit from the sale of this book. All proceeds will go towards the support of the 400 monks, nuns and yogis in the seven Tibetan monasteries of Tulku Orgyen Zangpo Rinpoche, who have devoted their lives towards building the foundation for peace and freedom from suffering for all beings in this world. Their years of prayers on John’s behalf and the gentle guidance of Tulku Orgyen played a vital role in John’s ultimately serene death.