53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #48
For details on all the sarees I have posted so far, go here.
If you all have been reading my saree blog, you all already know that I am a Stage 4 Breast Cancer survivor. I thought it is only fitting to include the hospital, doctor and nurses who have helped me through my journey. More like a battle for life that started in August 2017 and ended partially in March 2019 (cancer-free in Breast and Lymph) and with a finale in October 2020 (cancer-free in Liver and no new organs with potential cancer. Technically 100% cancer-free as of October 2020). This post is dedicated to them.
When I had my regular checkup with my doctor last month, I took the opportunity to wear a saree and take pictures with her, other nurses and staff who have helped me through. I picked this simple saree with festive colors but less shinier or filled with any kinds of adornments because I didn’t want to hurt other patients if they were sensitive to light or color.
This is a simple green and black striped light weight artificial silk or chiffon material saree paired with the blouse that comes with the saree, tailor-stitched. It was a gift from one of my sisters-in-law in 2010, a good 11 years ago. It has a shiny silver laced border stitched on both ends of the saree.
I accessorized it with a necklace and earrings made of green stone turned to beads in Africa; matching black and green bangles on my wrists; and a green and white stone and pearl chabi gucha (= fancy key ring for your waist). Ofcourse a matching mask to complete my ensemble.
Here I am with my doctor, Dr. Nerenstone, who has been with me from the very first day I met her in August of 2017 when I was first diagnosed. I consider myself lucky that I got her as my doctor.
These are the support staff that are either taking your blood, checking your vitals, or making arrangements for your future appointments, answering every question you have as best as possible - Cindy. Letitia, Nana, Kelly (one on the left side with yellowish-green shirt and scarf) and Helen.
Several nurses were involved with the infusion process I went through every week and month to get the right medicine into my body . However, these have been a more constant presence - Michell, Tiffany and Rhea. One more has been part of my journey too - Jennifer - who wasn’t working the day I went to the hospital for my appointment.
And finally a glimpse of my chair where I get my infusion when I go. It is a very relaxing reclining chair with a pillow. They provide you with blanket if needed, and some come with TV consoles if you want to watch. And if you stay the entire day you get lunch provided too. The hospital takes care to see you get all the comforts while you are going through the painful process of infusion to kill the cancer in you.
I have seen so much dedication from all the people at the hospital, seen how much of their time they spend to make sure your journey is as less painful as possible. Every single one of them works selflessly, always with a smile and an answer. I am forever indebted to these people who took care of me so well and made my life better.