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Nurses, Get to Know Your Patients. It Means More Than You Think

BARBARA BIGELOW
Friday, March 13, 2020


Oncology nurses made it a point to get to know Barbara Bigelow, a breast cancer survivor, while she was getting treatment. To her, that made a big difference.

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Chemo nurses, they have to deal wit so many issues in such a complete person, plus the person they've brought with them. Who knows who that person is that might have a million questions. I always had my daughter with me. The second go-around, and the first time I had my husband with me. But you never know what you're going to get.

They will just be so great. "Do you want some graham crackers? Do you want a heated blanket? Can I get you something?" Not that they're your waitress, but they care about you and would take the time to sit and talk to you and get to know you and remember you. That was huge to me.

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