National Cancer Survivors Day Testimonial – Susan Simeon, Nurse Coordinator at the Alvin & Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute
Posted Jun 06 2011 6:00am
National Cancer Survivors Day is Sunday, June 5. This testimonial is written by Susan Simeon, RN, BSN, Nurse Coordinator at the Alvin & Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute, LifeBridge Health.
I have worked in oncology for the last ten years at Sinai. Whenever I meet people for the first time and I tell them what I do, they usually ask the same question “Isn’t it depressing?” The answer is a resolute “no.” Fortunately, we see people do well. We see people beat cancer. We see people survive and thrive. And even those that don’t “win the fight” have been cared for and treated well by our staff during the most difficult time in their lives.
One of my favorite patients is a woman who came to the Medical Oncology office about mid-way through her pregnancy. She had just been diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. She received chemotherapy during her pregnancy and even ...