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Working In A Cancer Clinic

Updated on November 17, 2009
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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.

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    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      7 years ago from Mississippi

      Thank you James for such a sweet comment! You are very kind! :)

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      You have an awesome attitude. And you are very pretty too. :D God Bless You!

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      8 years ago from Mississippi

      Thank you so much billyaustindillon for such kinds words. Like I said in my hub, I would have never thought I could do this kind of work after seeing my papaw go through his cancer battle and then die but now I feel this is where I should be. Although, there are times when certain co-workers make it extremely challenging!:) Thanks so much for your sweet comment!

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      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      I enjoyed your hub and thank you for being available for the patients that would mean so much I can only imagine the challenges. Being a cancer survivor too you bring a special understanding and awareness. We are fortunate to have people like you amongst us with such a good heart.

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      rls8994 

      8 years ago from Mississippi

      Thank you so much Quill. I believe I am right where I need to be as well. You have some really great hubs and I look forward to reading more. Thank you for your kind words!

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      "Quill" 

      8 years ago

      Great hub...God always places the right people in the right places and you are where you should be...love your heart and compassion...

      Be Blessed

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      8 years ago from Mississippi

      Thank you Bruce for the nice comment. I am sorry to hear that you had to be treated for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I hope you are doing well now. I am doing good. I was very lucky! I do love taking care of my patients and doing whatever I can to make them feel better. Thanks so much for your kind words. I appreciate it!

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      Bruce Pena 

      8 years ago

      When I was being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma, I was so glad there were such nice people at the clinic and doctor's office to take care of me. I'm sure the patients at your clinic are thankful to have you there to help take good care of them. Thank you and all who do the tough but vital jobs. And I hope you're doing well with your own health.

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      8 years ago from Mississippi

      Thank you Rascal for such a sweet comment. You are so kind. I love my patients and try to help them in anyway that I am able.

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      Rascal Russ Miles 

      8 years ago from Show Low, AZ USA

      What a beautiful and encouraging write up. You're a special Earth Angel (person) that God has put to work on this Planet Earth.

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      8 years ago from Mississippi

      Thank you Tammy. I know your job is a tough one also. Thanks for your kind words!

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      Tammy Lochmann 

      8 years ago

      Glad to see another caring healthcare professional...I am a critical care Nurse...Keep up the good work!

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      8 years ago from Mississippi

      That's a great idea. I will work on that!

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I wish you'd write a hub about MGUS!

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      8 years ago from Mississippi

      Yes I believe that too! It is not easy sometimes. Thank you so much.

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      Cari Jean 

      8 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      WOW, I do believe God sends certain people to work in certain areas as I know a lot of people wouldn't be able to do what you do. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • rls8994 profile imageAUTHOR

      rls8994 

      8 years ago from Mississippi

      Thank you. God bless you too, Habee! I'm sorry that you have MGUS. I'm sure they probably take really good care of you. I have thyroid cancer myself. Although I'm doing great and have no more signs of cancer, my doctor keeps a very close eye on me. And of course, he is just down the hall if I need him. I do not think just anyone can work at a place like this. It can be very tough. Most of my patients are very sweet. They are very special to me.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      God bless you! I have MGUS and have to see my oncologist/hematologist several times a year. The staff there is so wonderful. You guys all have a special gift!

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