As if the stress of the new life limitations imposed by COVID-19, coupled with the pressure of the economic crisis, weren’t enough, the new way of treating cancer patients really feels like being kicked when you’re down.
Three weeks ago I had to go through another surgery.
Entering the hospital all alone, no company allowed, thinking about how hard the next hours of your life will be, is extremely lonely.
In addition, the possibility of not being able to receive treatment because you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 is another terrifying worry to add to the most sensitive point in your life.
Every cancer patient knows, whether it’s coming to a doctor’s visit, screening tests, regular treatments, or surgery, every second in this cold environment feels infinitely better when someone is there to hold your hand, give you a smile and some encouragement, bring you some water or coffee, or give you a hug in those painfully slow minutes of waiting.
Getting treated during this pandemic means no loved ones by our side. Whoever usually keeps you company during the long hours, covers you with a blanket, and brings you drinks and ice chips while IV drops are dripping, is not there.
For me it was about going through surgery alone. There was no one to say one last goodbye and give me a good luck embrace. There was no familiar face to tell me how I was doing when I woke up in the recovery room.
It’s harder than you might imagine.
We all understand and agree why these measurements are taken. And since there are no other options right now, what we are left with is to be each other’s company; talk to the guy next to you in the chemo suit, help the lady in the bed next to you to grab a glass of water and help another patient figure out the TV remote.
We are in this together. Let’s be there for each other. Let’s fight cancer together!
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