Kindness from Strangers

Going to the cancer treatment center to receive chemotherapy was dreadful and exhausting.  Needless to say, the side effects of the chemo were excruciating.  I would go for treatment for an entire week during each round of chemo.  During my visits, I went through the normal routine and got hooked up to receive treatment.  Slowly, more patients started walking in and sat at a station and were connected as well.  Some of the other patients were regulars like me, you know, the cool ones.  Everyone knew our name and diagnosis.  Of course, there were some new patients who were barely joining our exclusive club who did not know us and vice versa.

One day, this new patient was sitting with her husband.  She looked at me and smiled and I smiled back as we sat in our premium luxury treatment chairs and watched tv.  I noticed she whispered something to her husband and he said ok and walked away.  A few minutes later, this lady’s husband returns with two plates of breakfast food.  She started to speak to me when I had to ask the nurse to unplug my machine so I can roll it to the restroom.  The smell of the food as she took the plate out of the bag was enough to make me go vomit.  Clearly the 24-hour nausea medicine injected about three hours earlier was not working.  This was normally the case everyday I received treatment, such wonderful times.

I came out of the restroom and she asked me if I was okay.  I said yes, I am okay.  Actually, the smell of food does not mix well with my chemo blend. She apologized and I said it’s okay, you enjoy your meal.  She told me, well I had asked my husband to buy you a plate for you since I did not see anybody here with you.  I was taken aback, this was the first time this lady had seen me and she made this observation and made a kind gesture by having her husband buy me a plate.  I wholeheartedly thanked her as I rushed back to the restroom again.  

After I came out of the restroom, I thanked her again and the nurse told me she was taking me to one of the rooms away from the smell of food since other patients who could eat were getting food and snacks.  Many patients and caregivers like this lady are so kind-hearted to others. Humanity at its best during the worst of circumstances.


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  1. June 30, 2022 at 6:57 am

    Reblogged this on Cancer: The Upside.

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  2. July 22, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    Lovely example of kindness. Great story. May God bless you and heal you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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    • July 22, 2022 at 2:31 pm

      Thank you Stephanie I with the same to you. Have a blessed weekend. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—β€β€β€

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  3. August 7, 2022 at 7:12 am

    Oh, Kelly,
    You have been through so much! And still live with pain. I have such a phobia about vomiting. Long story. Dread it but with migraines have it as a threat much of the time though I have been lucky so far. It is just bad nausea. I am SO very sorry you had to go through this!! You have so much strength and courage. I could not and would not have gone through it. You are so special!! Happy friendship day, my new found dear friend! ❣️πŸ₯° Hats off to you.

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    • August 8, 2022 at 8:20 am

      Awww Ellen you are very sweet. Thank you for all the love, support and understanding. You have a beautiful soul. It’s people like you that make this world a better place to live in.

      I’m so sorry to learn about your Migraine headaches my late mom used to experience terrible ones too. In addition to the excruciating headace and nausea she would experience light and sound sensitivity. Nothing would make her feel better. She had to isolate herself to a dark, quiet, cold room and try to sleep it off. It was horrible to watch her suffer without being able to do anything to help her.

      I want to apologize for the late response yesterday was a very hectic day for some reason and the day flew by.

      Also thank you for calling me your new found dear friend. It is such a privilege and an honor for me to be considered your dear friend. Thank you so much for all you do. Hope you had a wonderful National Friendship Day Ellen. Many blessings to you always πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™β™₯️β™₯️πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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      • August 8, 2022 at 9:24 am

        Dear Kelly, please don’t worrry about responding “late”. Everyone has things to do and you don’t have to respond right away, or for that matter, at all. Having said that, I am very, very happy with your response. Sorry to hear about your mother’s migraines. I have medication that helps and just last year was given medical marijuana so I can function okay. Smells, noise and light are a problem but nothing like you have to go through with the life-long aftereffects of chemo and radiation. I don’t get out too much but am happy at home with my Hubbie. Sometimes very grouchy. Thanks for your kind words!!! It is I that am so grateful for our new found friendship!! Have a good new week. I look forward to more posts from you whenever they may come. πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ™πŸ™βœ¨β€β€

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      • August 8, 2022 at 10:06 pm

        Awwww Ellen I’m sorry to hear how bad your migraines are but I’m happy you have medication to help with the pain. Don’t worry about the grouchyness it happens to all of us. I try to put new posts at least twice a week but unfortunately sometimes life happens. I am also so excited to explore your blog and so happy for our new found friendship. Hope you have a blessed weekπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™β™₯️β™₯️😊😊

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  4. August 8, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    You are so sweet! Good to hear you post twice a week. I look forward to your next posts. The migraines are nothing compared to what you went through. I, too, am very happy with our new-found friendship and thank God for it. Thanks for reading some of my posts. Am I right… that there are just the three posts on yours? I look forward to more. Have a good week!! πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°β£οΈ

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    • August 9, 2022 at 7:20 am

      Hi Ellen thank you so much for all your kind, supportive and encouraging words. It really helps knowing that someone cares. I actually do not know how many total blog post I have written because I started a couple of years ago so it been a minute lol. I do know that its a lot more then 3 though. I know Word Press sometimes only shows the most recent ones. Here is the link to my website maybe if you go to it directly you can see the rest Please let me know if you are able to see them. I am very interested in your feedback on the rest of my blog. Hope you have a great week as well. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  5. August 9, 2022 at 8:07 am

    Thank you for the link to your whole blog. I want to go through it carefully and mindfully. Right now struggling with a migraine and high heat and my comments will not be all you deserve so I will look later. Very much looking forward to reading about your life.

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    • August 9, 2022 at 8:16 am

      Oh Ellen I’m so sorry about your migraine and the heat that is definitely an uncomfortable situation to say the least. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May your symptoms subside and may you feel better soon. Sending you many blessings and good vibes. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™β™₯️β™₯️

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      • August 9, 2022 at 8:23 am

        This is nothing compared to what you went through from the one post I just read. I just don’t want to send a half-baked comment. They deserve my full and undivided attention. Thank you for understanding. β£οΈβ£οΈπŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½πŸ₯°

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      • August 9, 2022 at 11:19 pm



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