Lorie recalls her experience undergoing cervical cancer treatment with Dr. Paul Magtibay and discusses the procedures he performed.
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Dr. Magtibay performed two surgeries – the first surgery is actually the first surgery of my life other than when I was a child with tonsillitis. So obviously I was nervous. However, his bedside manner, as he explained to me the surgeries, as he explained to me what was going to go on, introduced me to the team that would be with me and prepared me for the surgery in so far as knowing how long it would be, knowing what to expect, even some of the uncomfortable things, but being honest made a difference. The procedures that he performed, the first one was a lymphadenectomy, and that is where they go in and they look and see if there’s any cancer in the lymph nodes. Fortunately I didn’t have any and that was wonderful and he was celebrating with me when he found out, but he explained all of the different procedures that were going to happen. He let me know what was going to be good; what was going to be not so great, and that makes it so much better when you can prepare for something, even when it’s not going to be feeling good and, you know, even if it’s something that gives you discomfort. When you prepare for it, you can deal with it a lot better. He is very comforting in his voice. Once again, that smile; I don’t know anyone you can look up to, regardless of how you feel, and not see that smile and know that they are going to do their best. They are looking out for you and they are going to stand by you through the whole thing. That was so important. I had a second one – a second procedure done that put radiation exactly at the site of the cancer. We were battling the cancer right at the site. As Dr. Magtibay said, “We are going head-to-head with the enemy,” and it made you, you know he is on your team. When someone is ready to say, ‘we’ in every sentence, ‘we’, “We are doing this” or, “We are going to do that,” and they are including you as part of the process even though you know that you’re, you know, not really doing anything but they make you feel as though you are part of the team, that you are working towards it because what you do is work, but you feel a little less powerful and they want you not to feel that way. They want you to feel like you are the empowered one; you are going forward and you are going to win, and I did.
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