(16-02-17) Letter to Lab Corp Personnel

Dear Kelly at Lab Corp,

I’m not trying to tell you how to do your job.  As someone who has to look the other way any time her blood gets drawn, I absolutely appreciate you for the occupational skills you have.  If my health and life depended on me having to put the needle into my own skin and draw some blood, I’m pretty sure I’d be dead.

With that said, when you look at the standing order in your hands and read that you’re doing a CBC for a cancer patient, perhaps you might want to avoid telling that patient all about your own mom who died from ovarian cancer.  Perhaps statements like, “But she put up a good fight” and “She battled that for eight years, but it wasn’t until the last year or so that things got really bad” aren’t necessarily what a current cancer patient wants or needs to hear.  It’s probably the case that this patient doesn’t give a flying fuck about ANYONE you know who had cancer … but if you’re going to force a complete stranger to listen to stories about the people in your life, you could at least provide a more uplifting anecdote – you know, one based on surviving against incredible odds instead of one based on fighting for almost a decade and then losing.

Sincerely,

the girl who waited an hour to see you this morning at 8:30am

Author: breastcancerat35

I was diagnosed with Stage 3C Invasive Breast Cancer in October/November, 2015. This blog is my way to process my experience and allow my loved ones to have ongoing updates about my journey.

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