- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
Working In A Cancer Clinic
Being a Medical Lab Technician at an Oncology Clinic has brought me some sad moments but it has also given me many happy moments as well. I have always said it takes a special kind of person to be able to deal with and work at a place like this. After my Grandfather died of cancer, I would never have imaged working at a cancer clinic. I do believe that most of us at this clinic were handpicked by God to have the privilege to work around these special patients. Yes, I do believe that it is a privilege and an honor to work with these patients and to share some very special and intimate moments in their life. For awhile, I wondered if I was really supposed to be working at a place like this. It was very hard for me in the beginning. I cried so many days on my way home from work. Being as tender hearted as I am, my heart would just break when I saw someone who was in pain or worse when we had news of someone passing away. Although it never gets easy, I have learned to deal with it better. I know this is a very important job and I need to have control over my own emotions so that I can help our patients deal with theirs. As one of my fellow co-workers once told me," we both know this is a tough job and its hard when we become close to someone and they pass on but there is always another patient waiting for us to love, take care and support them in their sickness so we just have to suck it up and move on." So, I did and I have learned to handle situations better now. Also, I never knew that God put me in this place because he could see that I too would also be a cancer patient one day. A simple little thyroid removal turned out to be Thyroid Cancer. It was such a shock. My fellow employee's help me so much. They take really good care of me. I also have one of the best nurse's you could ever ask for and an excellent and caring doctor. He and his nurse are just down the hall if I ever were to need them for anything. This is a very comforting thought. Luckily mine turned out fine. They were able to remove it all and I did not need any type of chemotherapy treatment. There are many that are not as lucky as I have been and that is just the sad truth. But, each day I go in with a smile on my face ready and willing to help each patient and give them the love, comfort and the support that they need.