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,
Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):