Lorie recalls her experience undergoing chemotherapy for cervical cancer at Mayo Clinic.
Read the full transcript »
Lorie's Cervical Cancer Chemotherapy Experience at Mayo Clinic I was a patient in Arizona at the Mayo Clinic and I would have to say, if I were to build, now knowing what I know, if I had to build a chemotherapy section, department, treatment area for someone, it wouldn’t be too much different than where I was there at the Mayo Clinic. It was bright; it was spacious; you felt as though you weren’t closed in, but you were comfortable. It felt close enough to be comfortable, but open enough to be free. Plenty of windows; matter of fact, it was my second time there, I asked the nurse who would come out and get you and hug you and say, “Hello,” I would say, “Did you reserve my seat by the window?” And people would hear me in the waiting room and I’d say, “Oh I have frequent flyer miles. I get a window seat,” and they would chuckle. You couldn’t ask for a better environment with more pillows than you could ever ask for; blankets are warmed in a warmer, which are my favorite and I miss them; nurses who you weren’t assigned a nurse, but you were. They had assignments, however if you tapped a nurse or if you looked at a nurse she didn’t say, “Oh, well, I’ll get your nurse for you,” she asked you what you needed and you couldn’t feel more like the team was there ready to make sure you felt better. I didn’t like chemo; I am glad I am done with chemo. If there was a place that I had to do chemo, that’s where I would want to be.