Make it Merry….

There is nothing festive about chemo or radiation or any cancer therapy that I can think of and here we are in the midst of the holiday season and the treatment centers are full.  Patients can't stop treatment just because it's the time of year for Santa, Menorahs, Christmas trees and decorations.

Cancer doesn't stop its menacing ways,  just because it's December.

A friend was telling me that her treatment center tries to bring the holidays into the chemo room by decorating the place and instead of the usual snacks offered to the patients undergoing chemo, Christmas cookies and holiday candies are offered along with the usual treats.  The chemo room has become an extension of the holidays with lights and hand made ornaments.

There's no taking away the side effects of the drugs.  There's no taking away the feelings that come with a round of chemo, but at least the surroundings can brighten up even the hardest of therapies.

The chemo nurses, says my friend, have the holiday spirit all year round.  They are caring, considerate, passionate women and men who always put their patients first.  They make it merry no matter what the month.   But it's nice to know that these surroundings take-on a holiday feeling this time of year too.

Softening up chemo at Christmas sure works for me.



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Kathie Scott December 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Cancer shouldn't be allowed to rob patients of the joy of the season..

Al December 9, 2013 at 6:53 pm

After my trips to the chemo room, I adopted a different attitude about that room. Prior to my visits, I dreaded the thought of going because of the side effects and that they would last forever so I thought. After my time there and upon reflection, yep it was I imagined and sometimes worse. But what I've come to know and believe that it is a place, yes even a special place where HOPE lives. I was blessed by the nurses who tried to make it as good as it could be..angels who came to each station to check to see how we were doing and could they do anything to help us. I received chemo on Christmas Eve but I was not alone. All of the stations were filled. Santa's elves were there also..making their rounds to each station. Yes even during the Christmas season and all other holidays the nurses are there standing, doing comforting, chatting and helping their patients make it through another day in the chemo room. They like their patients and the caregivers who sit quietly to give support know that this is truly the Room of Hope.

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