I think we all come to work realizing that whatever is going on individually, we’re here for the patients.
I have worked at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center for about eight years. I love the patients and the staff. The teamwork that we have is incredible. It allows us to give the patients the best experience possible even though they’re dealing with a life-threatening illness.
I think we all come to work realizing that whatever is going on individually, we’re here for the patients. They didn’t want or expect to come here, and we’re here to treat them and provide them with some Positivity. We want them to know that we’re here to support them. We see them when they’re afraid, and we help them make the very tough life decisions. Working here reminds me to be thankful for my own health. The patients do that for me! They give us hope. They show us their strength and prove to us that you can fight through and persevere. Not that you don’t lose, because sometimes we do, but we want to make sure the time they have before that as best as possible.
When I was starting out my career, I thought I wanted to work in pediatrics. It was only through fate that I ended up in oncology. And I am so happy I did! It gives me such pride to help these patients, teaching them about a new drug, answering a question, solving a prescription problem, etc. It gives me a lot of joy helping them!
Halloween is a very exciting time here at the Cancer Care Center. It is a lot of fun to see staff members getting excited. The patients find it fun, upbeat and happy. We have employees that come in on their day off to participate, and patients are encouraged to come back and see the decorations even if they don’t have treatment scheduled. It is unbelievable the work that goes into it. The entire team puts so much thought and energy into all of it – buying things from eBay, hand sewing the costumes, all in pursuit of the pumpkin trophy and to make our patients happy. We’re also grateful for all of the donations that we get for food – candy, baked goods, cider; it all comes from the staff. Today is the one day of the year we get to dress up and act like kids, and still participate as a team.