I don't know about you, but for me, hearing that someone has been diagnosed with cancer brings dark gloomy imagery to my mind's eye. I haven't been close to anyone going through treatment, so haven't seen what receiving chemo entails, so I have only had my imagination to fill in the blanks. With an unclear picture, my view had no clear details, but colors of darkness, gloomy grays, sludgy browns, encircled by sterile whites and chemical scents would probably be the closest I could come to imagining the unknown. Of course I've seen beautiful, vibrant people interviewed, heads wrapped in colorful scarves, or playful hats, faces bright and illuminated, speaking from a place I never dreamed I'd visit.
Now that I'm on the 'inside' I understand it's not really different than anywhere else. There is the full spectrum of color, life, and laughter here, as there is every where. I thought I'd share a window into one of the rooms that cancer treatment inhabits.
Today was my third of eight rounds of chemo. I'm being treated at Phelps Hospital, in Sleepy Hollow, NY, through a branch of Memorial Sloan Kettering. Every area of the oncology department greets your with a beautiful salt water tank. The chemo department has the smallest, but no less enjoyable of the three (oncology, radiation, chemo).
They really are fun, and soothing, to watch. I'm afraid the second guy could use the visit of a good orthodontist though!
The view from the room where we receive our chemo treatments is a wonderful one - overlooking the Hudson River.
Here I am, getting comfortable and receiving fluids with the anti nausea medication that precedes the chemo itself. There are eight stations with big recliners and an upright guest chair for any company we bring with us...and here I'm trying to catch up on email while my husband cracks me up! Near by a patient has an allergic reaction to his treatment, while another wretches from the nausea she is experiencing. I feel very fortunate that I'm doing well...I was alone during my first two rounds,which was really nice, and made the ride home a whole lot easier, too, as the nausea I didn't feel during treatment suddenly moves through me.Now I'm home and getting ready to settle into a comfortable ball, with a pile of pillows, a blanket and a cup of tea...