Oncology Patients, our heroes in the midst of this crisis

We are very grateful to Selene for trusting us, being an oncology patient will never be easy, but to provide human warmth and the best treatment is our great task, thank you for allowing us to help you and accompany you in the difficult race to beat cancer.

Selene is one week away from ringing the bell and these are the words she shares with us and they touch our souls.

Oncology Patients, our heroes in the midst of this crisis

My name is Selene and I’m an oncology patient at WeCare…

My cancer journey started August 2020.  The world was in the middle of a pandemic and I was trying to plan my wedding, There’s no such thing as good time for a breast cancer diagnosis, right?

Needless to say, the news was devastating for my family and for myself. I lost my grandmother to breast cancer and here I was facing the loss of a part of my body, just as she had done too. I remember only too well how hard my grandmother fought, only to lost her breast cancer battle when I was only 11 years old.

After many sleepless nights, in excruciating post-operative pain and recovery, my first day of chemotherapy began. I walked into the clinic with a racing heart and shaky hands.

I was greeted by the smiling faces of my nurse Rene, my Doctor Ana, and the rest of the WeCare team, who were incredibly warm and professional. The team showed me to my private room, where I would stay for the duration of my treatments (15 so far!). Knowing I was going to spend so much time outside of my home in one particular place, including major holidays, and being there with such a kind team helped me to make the best of the situation.

Oncology Patients, our heroes in the midst of this crisis

Luckily, my son was by my side, holding my hand through every session. I was even able to invite my friends to visit me during treatments, ensuring we followed all the appropriate safety protocols. We were able to watch movies, sit quietly, collectively praying, or meditating.

Having access to the newest medications, state-of-the-art technology, and the team’s kindness made the process more tolerable – and felt like such a change from my grandmother’s era.

As I write these notes, I am still in treatment. I don’t know what the future will bring, but I know I am in good hands here at WeCare.