At Thanksgiving, OHC Reflects on the Lessons Their Patients Have Taught Them.
One of the most beautiful aspects of Thanksgiving is that it reminds us to think about the people in our lives and the intangible gifts they give us throughout the year. At OHC, we have the privilege to care for our patients and their families, and to see them through one of the most difficult times in their lives. Throughout their journey with us, they enrich our lives with lessons of love and gratitude through their courage and strength.
Today, Thanksgiving 2019, everyone at OHC would like to express their gratitude to our patients and their families and friends for these gifts you have given or shared with us:
Paula Weisenberger, MD, Medical Oncologist and Hematologist
My patients have taught me life lessons through their courage and grace, and I’m grateful to have shared and celebrated so many of their milestones: graduations, births of children and grandchildren, weddings, birthdays, career accomplishments, and other family moments.
Ashlee Shields, Radiation Therapist
I see my patients handle the struggles of their diagnosis and treatment and it really puts life in perspective. It reminds me how blessed I am and that my struggles are insignificant compared to theirs. They are an inspiration.
Shirley Smith, RN, OCN, Nurse Navigator
Our patients have all touched my life as well. They come to the office with a warm smile for us even if they aren’t feeling great. I am so much more aware that anyone you have contact with could be going through difficulties that you don’t know.
Tamara Smith, Financial Navigator
Most of our patients feel like I am providing a service to them, but it’s they who are helping me. The have taught me grace and strength, and I’m thankful for these relationships. They are a reminder to keep a smile on my face and a kind word ready. There are days when I hug a wife whose husband recently passed away, or I hold a man while he cries on my shoulder because treatment isn’t working and he is going home to enroll in hospice. We both know that he is not coming back and this is our last time seeing one another. I’ve learned to not rush a patient, and to treat everyone with love and kindness, and to give my best when people need it most.
Eve Murphy, RN, Triage Nurse
As a nurse, I thought I was kind and compassionate. It wasn’t until I went through my cancer battle that I fully understood what it was to have cancer. Working with cancer patients, while battling cancer myself, changed the way I did nursing. Cancer patients appreciate the smallest details of their cancer battle and celebrate them in big ways, and I’m thankful because they teach you how to live to the fullest.
Kim Mullins, DNP, Advanced Practice Provider
I am constantly humbled by the strength, gratitude and grace so many of our patients show as they move through the phases of diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Witnessing their resilience inspires a daily thankfulness for the “big things” like family and friends, but also the little things like a smile from a stranger, which can sometimes literally change the course of a day. I am also incredibly thankful for the trust our patients put in us as their care team. They share some of their greatest fears and triumphs with us. We get invited to share in their lives through stories about children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We realize it was not their choice to get cancer, but it is their choice to allow us to provide their care – and for that, we are all thankful.
Racheal Mason, RN, Triage Nurse
It is an honor to be there for the patients when they really need someone to talk to. No matter what the patient calls about, we are there to listen and help them along their journey. We get to touch so many lives and I’m grateful I get to be a part of the patients care team.
Betsy Levick, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Over this holiday season, I am quite thankful. My patients have taught me to appreciate every day and live life to the fullest. They are such brave and incredible men and women that I often draw strength from. I am honored to have the privilege of caring for them.
Some of my patients, I can actually say, have become my friends and are individuals that I truly admire and look up to. I love sharing and hearing about their life. I have watched many of them travel the country and world, continue to work in the professions they are passionate about, share meaningful time with their families, including celebrating graduations, marriages and becoming grandparents themselves. They live life to the fullest.
I can’t thank my staff enough. Smart, hard-working, dedicated and with an uncanny ability to put up with me. (Hard to believe, I know.) I appreciate them so much.
Finally, I am thankful for the health (which I do not take for granted), love, and support of my family. I am very thankful for my 7-month-old grandson, appreciating his gummy smile, babble and every milestone he reaches. What a treat!
What I have learned most from my patients and am the most thankful for, is the priceless gift of appreciation, recognizing that every day is special.
Pam Johnson, Medical Assistant Supervisor
Our patients have taught me to look at my life and my family’s lives in a whole different scope. I push myself and my family to get regular check-ups (mammograms, colonoscopies, prostate exams and physicals) based on what I have learned from our patients.
Kelli Hutchings, Medical Assistant and Receptionist
Over the last 11 years it is inspiring to see patients come in for radiation treatments every day. They are in pain, they are tired, they feel like giving up but they don’t complain…they keep fighting. To experience this on a daily basis has made me appreciate my life so much more. I am grateful for my two healthy sons and I realize that anything that I am going through could be much worse. Thank you to my patients.
Alessa Hubbell, BSN, RN, Research Nurse
My patients helped me through morning sickness with my second child. I wouldn’t have survived without their tips on managing nausea and vomiting! They taught me real-life tips and tricks that got me through…and helped me deliver a healthy baby boy.
Samantha Greco, RN, Treatment Suite Nurse
My job has become a true passion. My patients have undoubtedly made a difference in my life, by showing their strength and perseverance. They make me appreciate each day and have shown me how not to take anything for granted.
Laura Fox, Patient Account Services
I am thankful to be able to help the patients with billing and insurance. I get to form a personal contact with them and their family, to the point many will contact me directly. I understand what many are going through because I have CLL and have been in “watch and wait” for ten years. During that time, many of our patients have supported me, and I’m so grateful for their support.
David Drosick, MD, Medical Oncologist and Hematologist
Several years ago, my wife and I ran the flying pig marathon with a patient who had just finished chemotherapy. She put every ounce of effort that she had into completing the 26.2-mile course. It was so exhausting, that she ended up in the medical tent getting IV fluids. However, none of us thought of her race as a struggle, but rather a triumph. I took pictures of her” recovering” in the medical tent. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone with a face of both exhaustion and exhilaration in the same moment as I did in hers. My wife and I recently ran into her in the Pendleton area of Cincinnati. We were reminiscing about that race and I pulled out the pictures that I had taken years ago. Some people may have felt that pushing yourself so hard that you ended up in the medical tent is unwise to say the least, but to us, it was a remarkable achievement that demonstrated why life is worth living. Veni Vidi Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered from Julius Caesar.)
Courtney Dallas, Front Desk Team
Our patients have taught me that even on their darkest day they smile. No matter how they are feeling, they are always so full of life and they brighten my day.
Terisa Couch, Front Desk Team
Caring for our patients has made me thankful for the caring doctors and staff we have who take great care of our patients to make them feel better.
Kristine Bushman, Registered Medical Assistant
I have learned even a little conversation and a hug can make a big difference in someone’s life.
Maria E. Bryant RN, BSN, Nurse Navigator
How has taking care of cancer patients has made me thankful: Just the fact that I have the opportunity to take part in their care is a privilege and reason enough to be thankful. I am also thankful that I can provide little things that I hope and pray make a difference to these patients like:
- Providing a hand to hold
- Giving a hug
- Easing their fears and frustrations
- Laughing with them and celebrating the milestones in their journey
- Crying with them in the difficult moments
- Giving them a piece of my heart
Marcia Bowling, MD, Gynecologic Oncologist
To my patients: Please know how thankful I am for your trust in me and my team to do our very best. Thank you for the lessons you have taught me:
- That a routine day for me is a day that you will remember for the rest of your life
- How to pick up on your cues that something I said doesn’t make sense to you and that it is my job to find a path to help you understand
- How to listen and not to assume that I know what you are about to say
- The importance of the look on my face and the tone of my voice