This week I have been dealing with some news I didn’t really want to hear.
It all started when I went to the skin doctor for my yearly check. I booked myself in after a small bump appeared on my face. Pretty much as soon as the doctor saw me he said “oh that looks like cancer”. Boom, there it is.
After that it felt kind of like I was in a tunnel, it got a bit harder to hear, then everything gathered speed. The doctor appeared holding a needle and asked if I had any allergies, I thought for a bit then answered and before I knew it I felt a sharp sting in my cheek. After that he grabbed the scalpel and started to slice off a small section of my skin.
He said something about returning in a week to find out my results and then I was bustled out of the door.
I drove home in shocked silence. I am hopeful that my diagnosis is a good one, but my experience made me wonder what it’s like for people who get more serious news than me.
Are doctors seeing so many people and giving them this kind of news that they’ve forgotten what it’s like to hear the word “cancer” for the first time?
In the end we are all human and we don’t always go straight to a happy place when we hear bad news. It has taken a fair bit of soul searching to reach a point where I can say that, although I’m nervous, I am ready to accept the diagnosis.
I really do hope and pray that health care professionals will remember that there are always going to be people who are either hearing something they’ve never heard before or who will deal with that information in their own way. Please be kind.
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