Nov 08, 2012 - 2:13 am
Several weeks ago my friend had a yard sale at my house. Since I have no hair it is obvious I am an onc patient...this woman comes up to me and starts asking me questions. Then she gives me her business card and explains that she works for a company that teaches estheticians how to care for/treat oncology patients. She explained that if I came and shared my story I would get a free facial, and hand and feet done too.
At the time I thought why not? and signed up. As I thought about it more, I thought mani/pedi...infection risk...should I cancel? After going back and forth I decided to honor my commitment, and speak up or leave if I thought there was a risk of infection.
Instead I got skin care (cleansing/moisturizer) and a fabulous massage!! I felt so good leaving there, relaxed and energized at the same time. And I also met a wonderful group of women!! There were 4 women working on me at one time. All of them had a personal relationship with cancer...someone they know or are close to has battled/is battling this nasty disease. It literally took me an hour to leave because I had so many conversations with the students and teachers.
And I found an opportunity to pay it forward...one of the other oncology patients who shared her story...a beautiful woman who had a lumpectomy and just completed radiation on Friday. She is burnt and hurting and confused and has very limited support. Her car is broken...so she needs someone to listen and some rides. And yes, I told her about how wonderful this site is. I am looking forward to getting to know her better and becoming friends.
So I left there feeling good physically and emotionally and will definitely go back for their next class.