I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July and set out on a frightening journey into an unknown territory.
Right from its beginning, though, I was met with compassion and love. Not just from my wonderful family and friends but, surprisingly, from absolute strangers. Each time I received get-well cards, calls, emails, flowers, cooked meals or a hug, I would cry, not from sadness but joy for the love that I would feel.
The surgeon, Dr. Michele Fantazzio from Virtua Voorhees, was so unpretentious when she greeted me, smiling and saying, Hi, my name is Michelle!
The surgery was successful and I moved on to seven weeks of radiation therapy, five days a week. As strange as it seems, my fears and uncertainty were replaced with peace and confidence. There I met Dr. Ariaratnam, affectionately called Dr. Ari, whose peaceful nature was contagious.
Next, I was introduced to three very special radiologists: Joanne, Justyna and Maria. They made each day an absolute pleasure when it could have been fearful and depressing. The smiles on the faces of those beautiful women in the front office were disarming.
They may never know the calming effect they have on frightened patients as they enter Virtua Fox Chase Radiology for their first time.
Nov. 4 was a happy day, since it was my 35th and last treatment, but it was also mixed with sadness as I struggled to say goodbye to my new friends. I am trying to say thank you, but I know that is not enough. I will pray they will all be blessed forever!