Lorie discusses what she learned at her first cervical cancer appointment with the doctors at Mayo Clinic.
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Patient Insights in Her First Cervical Cancer Appointment The first meeting, they gave me like a synopsis of what would happen. I don’t think I kind of grabbed the whole plan in one gulp. It took a while for me to understand and fortunately the Mayo Clinic in so far it’s giving you an itinerary. It’s a guide. It doesn’t feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t feel like you have to remember everything. You can actually go back to it and look at it. You can review it and they send you a new itinerary out. It’s like if an airline is going to fly you around the world and oh there’s going to be a layover, they’ll tell you like a week in advance. “Oh, you are going to have a layover,” and you are prepared for it. It’s not just, hit -- you are not hit with it at the airport while you sitting in the hard chair. So I felt as though I was being guided. I felt as though gently guided. I wasn’t being rushed. If I was running a little late to an appointment, I was given the courtesy and the understanding and told, “You don’t have to hurry. Take your time. We are here. If we need to do a little rearranging we will”, and that for a person who constantly every day goes through radiation and every week goes to chemotherapy is huge. It’s absolutely huge. It’s the difference between feeling better and getting better and feeling worse and trying to get better. And I don’t know if you could understand that. It’s the hardest thing to explain but that’s the best way I could do it.

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