Please join me in raising support for the Mass General Pediatirc Cancer Center.
I am running the Boston Marathon, in honor of the exemplary care that I received from Dr. Rachel Clark Sisodia and her team, and in dedicaiton to my sweet pup Riley, who continues to bravely navigate her way as a tripod due to her diagnosis of osteosarcoma. I love you Riley!
My Story .....
In January of 2019, I will never forget calling MGH cancer center, as I needed to make an appointment for myself. I hung up the first time I was connected, as I was so scared. After doing a little research on the providers, I called back, and requested the next available appointment with Dr. Rachel Clark Sisodia. As I made my way to the Yawkey building in early January, I tried to be optimistic, yet walking to an appointment at the MGH cancer center, thoughts and emotions surfaced that I did not expect and I tried to keep myself calm.
Dr. Sisodia greeted me with a huge smile and a warm welcome. I instantly felt calmer, and as she explained to me my situation, I knew that she had taken the time to read my records. She was so gentle, kind, and thorough in laying out what she believed was going on and why I needed surgery. She was pretty confident that everything would be ok, but also said that you never know, until you have the pathology results. We walked through what would be done in the surgery, as well as during the time waiting for the pathology results, and the next steps, if the pathology results were malignant. Hearing the word malignant, and being in the cancer center, brought tears to my eyes and overwhelming sense of the unknown and what if thoughts.
I signed the surgery consent form, and walked away feeling a connection with Dr. Sisodia, but also a lot of fear, questions and anxiety. I emailed her office with a few questions, and Dr. Sisodia wanted to see me in person, as she likes to talk face to face with her patience before moving forward with surgery. Once again, she gently and kindly answered all my questions, gave me a hug and I was now fully onboard and not feeling anxious about moving forward.
Surgery Day ... in the early morning hours, while it was still dark, I made my way to the Wang building at MGH. I was shocked at how many folks were already there waiting for their surgery. My entire surgery team was FEMALE, I could not have been happier. To see and experience such strong, smart women doing amazing work was fantastic and calming. The anesthesiologist was so smart and patient, as she was continuously interrupted by all the other surgery prep work being done. She supported my wish to not go under until I had a chance to talk with Dr. Sisodia before the surgery, as I had one last question. I felt heard and validated during my entire process that led to the operating room.
Results... I am lucky. Everything turned out to be fine, however; I don't take for granted the experience that I had at MGH cancer center, and the amazing staff there as well as through out MGH. People from all over the world, travel to MGH for their medical care. Being a Bostonian, I am truly fortunate to have MGH in my backyard.
Based on my experience, I applied for the MGH Pediatric Cancer Team and was accepted. I am so happy to have the opportunity to try to give back to the surgery team that took care of me, as well as all the other health care providers that are part of my everyday well being care.
In addition to my experience as a patient at MGH cancer center, I am also running the Boston Marathon in honor of my beloved puppy Riley, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in October 2018. She continues to beat the odds with form of cancer, and is still with me after14 months post diagnosis. She has bounced back from a front leg amputation and chemotherapy. She has taught me so much through this past year, as we've walked through a lot together. I am not sure if she will still be with me on marathon day, but I know I will carry her with me during the process.
Please help me support MGH, as you never know if you or someone you care about will need medical help, and knowing you have such an established, caring provider is huge, as we all navigate this life we have in front of us.
I will keep everyone updated during the process, including fund raising, training and life.
Hugs to you all and thank you Dr Rachel Clark Sisodia and your amazing team.