A week after being diagnosed with breast cancer, I had, thanks to my family doctor, an appointment at the Juravinski Cancer Centre. I had googled the hospital to find out as much as I could before my appointment. The facility, the programs and services and even the look of the place was impressive. I read countless reviews from past and present patients and started to breathe a little easier knowing that I was going to be at a hospital that focuses just on cancer. They also approach each patient and each treatment with a team approach. My surgical oncologist would work closely with the reconstructive surgeon, radiologist and if I need, the chemotherapist. The Centre offers physiotherapy, nutritionist’s and counselling services. This was a Cancer mecca and I felt so blessed to have been referred there.
Being the type A personality that I am, I arrived to my appointment 40 minutes early. I wanted to make sure I was there in plenty of time and wanted to get the lay of the land so to speak. The Centre is huge with several different clinics, treatment areas and the hospital itself. As I arrived so early I grabbed a coffee at one of the cafeteria’s and this is what I found. A lovely lady playing the grand piano to entertain and sooth the patients and their families.
Everywhere I went there were smiling people. The staff is upbeat, positive and caring. There are volunteers walking around checking in with you. Asking if you are ok, do you need directions, can they offer you a snack? Hell, I’ve been to all inclusive resorts that didn’t provide that kind of service. No swim up bar though, but then again, I haven’t seen the entire hospital:)
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President of As You Like It Marketing & Communications Inc. Award winning speaker and author. Breast cancer fighter and blogger. I’m sharing my journey…the good, the bad and the ugly. Hoping to help anyone else that has been touched by breast cancer be it you or someone you know or love.