I been busy posting replies so don't often start a topic but thought I would, "in Spongers words" ---be a little sensitive.
I travel about 100 miles to our city of Adelaide every now and then. When I do I often visit the clinic where they were so good to me. There are a couple of reasons for this. I find it personally comforting to go back and say hi to all my clinic nurses(guys n gals)---they were so wonderfull, I have a great need to keep in touch. I also ask them each time if they have anyone in the ward that could do with some company or cheering up. On average I spend an hour with each patient that would like a chat--depending on their condition/fatigue/tiredness at the time. I have made a lot of friends although many I don't get to see twice as their routines may not match the days I am there. Only yesterday I met a new friend--young lady with a blood disorder. She had been having treatment once a week all her life, she is now 34. No matter when I go to the clinic there are always smiles of welcome--no matter how difficult each persons situation is. They are all a part of a "family".
Jo--one of my female nurses once asked me if it worried me coming back when I didn't need to be there for treatment.
I answered---" I found it awesome that carers and patients welcomed me with open arms when I first had chemo--now it is my turn to pass that love and support on"
I hope I never have to go there for chemo again--but if I do, then I know my "family" will be there for me too!
luv yu guys too--from "sensitive" kanga and "angel" Jen
-gotta go find a tissue now--