This is Carolle. She is a physician assistant.
“I work with patients who have blood cancer, and a lot of these patients are quite sick and are immunocompromised.
We had a patient who has been recently diagnosed with leukemia and had to go through chemotherapy in the hospital all alone.
For these patients, it’s a very vulnerable time. Since COVID started, they have had to say goodbye to their parents, typically for at least a month, to undergo chemotherapy. They’re handling any of the complications that come with chemotherapy on their own. The healthcare team is there to help, but the patients don’t have the physical presence of mom, dad or friends to provide reassurance and emotional support.
It’s also been tough because we’re not only monitoring how the patient is doing physically, but also how they are doing emotionally and mentally. Hopefully, they get to the end of it and we can deliver the good news that the long, tough journey has been worth it.
When we do have a success story and we get a patient into remission, we are celebrating even more now because it seems like it’s a much tougher road to go down, and come through to the other side.”