For those unaware, I work at private oncology office assessing chemotherapy treatments and coordinating care between patients and the insurance companies. I’m the good guy who goes to bat for the patients who are going through enough emotionally – the last thing they need to deal with is insurance.
I love my job. I love helping my patients find money when they think they can’t afford treatments. I love going to bat for patients when their insurance companies are trying to bully them. But, it’s days like today that make my chest flood with heartache and want to reach out to every single person I know that I love them, in some way.
We lost a patient this morning who was 24.
Life is an invaluable thing – no dollar amount can be placed on life. It’s a gift. To some, it’s a blessing and for some it’s so precious because of what they have gone through. It’s days like today that make me so grateful for the people in my life, the health that I have, the good fortune and friends. Everyone is going to die, it’s just the circle of life, but sometimes it feels like it was just too soon.
Love the ones you have in your life, tell them everyday that you care about them. Make sure they get yearly physicals, and that they eat right. I’ve not missed a physical or a routine gyno checkup since I started working here. Every July! I get a bunch of labs drawn and check for that lovely cervical cancer. Every year, I’m a healthy little girl. Thank. God. Perhaps this job makes me paranoid – “Zomg, my stomach just moved! I’m dying! . . . oh, no, I’m just hungry. Phew, good thing! I thought I was a goner” It’s quite possibly the worse place to work at if you’re a hypochondriac. But, the one thing this place does do is make me appreciate everyone in my life.
Life is short. Life is scary. Life is about gain and about loss. Hold onto the ones you have, tell them you love them, and tell them how important they are to you. They may not be here tomorrow.