Category: Patient Stories

Dear Cancer, Kindly Fuck Off

I will never forget the moments he gave me. I will never forget his name, his courage, and his deep brown eyes. He was the first patient to show me what a real fight was. He taught me true empathy and humility. I will never forget the day he struggled to stand up or the nurse who relentlessly encouraged him stand. Without that nurse and her persistence, I truly believe he wouldn’t have ever made it home.

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Dani: One of my top five most memorable patients

Dani’s favorite word, also happened to be my favorite word – fuck. I found this so hilarious. I never heard Dani speak, other than in videos, because she was intubated and trached while I cared for her, but when she finally opened her eyes, they proclaimed nothing but, “fuck this mother fucking cancer.”

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ICU Stories- Johnny: “There is a strong possibility that I may die tomorrow, but I’m really fine with that”

It was then I realized, in the scheme of things, we simply don’t get all the answers. I will never know why Johnny died so young or why people who deeply care for each other sometimes do not work out. Furthermore, even if reason transpires, it does not always entertain an elaborate and dramatic story, it just is what it is.

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