Today’s Cancer Center Visit

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This morning, I visited the cancer center in Surrey, BC.  I usually go there every couple of months to say hello.  But today was special.  It was in November 2009 that my radiation and chemotherapy treatments ended.

First, I stopped by the chemo room and said hello to my gal pals.  Then, I went downstairs to the RT Department.  I went to Sarah’s office but learned that she had retired a few months ago.  But her replacement said that Sarah was in the building and he paged her.

Within thirty seconds, I was hugging my dear friend.  We chatted and laughed, reminiscing about some of the initiatives we worked on together.  She is now a proud grandmother, although she looks too young.  I loved both of my grandmas, but they looked at least fifty years older than my gal pal Sarah!

I then dropped by the reception area and renewed old acquaintances.  In the RT Offices, I met many of the familiar faces I know from my years as a volunteer.  Some of them didn’t recognize me without my mustache.

And then, I made my way to RT Treatment Pod #6 – where I received my 37 days of treatment.  I didn’t remember the names of the two therapists working in the office, and neither of the ladies appeared to remember me until I told them that I used to have a mustache.

“Now, I remember you!” and she quickly hugged me.

We chatted for a few minutes, and I asked them if I could get a couple of photos of me sitting on the radiation table.  There weren’t any patients present, so we all went into the treatment room and took the following video clip:  RT Department visit

In between tears of joy, my other gal pals agreed to sit with me for these photos:

One of my gal pals mentioned that my visit made her day.  I told her that she and her co-workers saved my life – and I will never be able to repay all of the love and kindness I received during treatments.

Dedicated to the staff of Fraser Valley Cancer Center, Surrey

Hugs and Love,

Danny

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Daniel (Danny) St. Andrews

An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).
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4 thoughts on “Today’s Cancer Center Visit

  1. It is so amazing that you got to show your love & gratitude. Indeed they saved your life. Thank God for them. As I said to you in a previous email one of my best friends got the C diagnosis. It is signet ring melanoma. Not sure of the stage yet. I am devastated for her as she just turned 50 & sadly spent that in LGH receiving her diagnosis. Happy 50th, you’ve got a rare cancer. I see your story as one of hope that I can share with her when she is ready to talk. Right now she is quite ill & is adjusting to the halt that cancer has slammed into her everyday life. So your gratitude is admirable. May you continue to visit them for many more years to come.

    1. I always enjoy reading your comments, Sue. And yes, getting the news about your friend was very sad. A lot of people we know are dealing with this disease and its pain and sadness. But there are amazing things happening in cancer research and I’m very hopeful for her. Tell her I’m cool if she wants to talk. Hugs
      Danny

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