By Mo Breden
As we come to the close of our four week stay in Gainesville, for Erin’s radiation therapy for her fourth meningioma we have taken the time this week to reflect back on the last two months starting when Erin first noticed a negative change in the vision of her only seeing eye.
I witnessed a remarkable sight here in Gainesville, when after much anxiety, despair, and doubt, Erin decided to have her radiation treatment with the staff at UF Health, Radiation Oncology. Dr. Robert Amdur, took Erin’s hand, looked into her face and said, “I think you made the right decision, this is going to work”. This is EXACTLY what all cancer patients need. A doctor who considers his patient a part of the “team”, a doctor who provides you with hope for success. It’s not that he didn’t give us all the percentages of failure and adverse outcomes, he did, but he focused on what he believed he could do, he was hopeful and he backed up his hope with studies and facts and statistics.
Things moved very quickly from that point forward. And when Erin’s vision decreased yet again, our contacts at Tampa General Hospital, in particular Dr. Shih Liu, streamlined the hospital admission and treatment, making another again horrific situation, much easier to bear.
The weeks we have spent at the American Cancer Society’s Winn Dixie Hope Lodge in Gainesville have done nothing but bolster our confidence in the medical staff of UF Health, Radiation Oncology. Patients we have met have traveled from all over Florida, and Georgia to come to Gainesville for treatment. Why? Because they all have been searching for hope and they have found it here. Physicians who have credentials, which meet their expectations of cancer specialists, coupled with confidence, and the hope of success. This is what every cancer patient deserves.
As for the city of Gainesville. I really have nothing but praise, it’s a small city, by my standards, with all the perks of a big city and all the charm of a small country town.
Get yourself a navigation app on your phone, like WAZE, and get yourself to Gainesville, if you have cancer.
Convenience should be the last consideration, when you are in the fight of your life. I have personally witnessed, in my own family, people going to the local physicians and hospitals because they were close by and convenient. Local physicians and hospitals can also be excellent, but when you are in the fight of your life, you must do it with a team of professionals who do this all day, everyday. That’s all I’m saying.
My hope is that you remember this blog, and remember to fight for your life.
Thanks for stopping by to read my post; I hope to see yas next week, for Life with Mo.