Heart of Oncology Nursing

Caring, Sharing, and a Friendship Made for Life

Joanne Rochester

immunotherapy, bone marrow transplantation, caring
CJON 2015, 19(5), 631-632. DOI: 10.1188/15.CJON.631-632

A patient named “Bill” was assigned to my team in the summer of 2012 for an autologous stem cell transplantation for lymphoma. Bill had previous chemotherapy and had attained clinical status eligibility for a transplantation. Although Bill was rather quiet, he had a lot of questions about me, my family, and my travels. In turn, he shared about his work as a veterinarian, his clinic, and his two dogs that went everywhere with him. He also shared his love of the outdoors and traveling, highlighted by a trip on the Amazon River with his father and daughter. I told him that one of my hobbies is making dill pickles. He countered with stories about his bees and honey, and we agreed to share our homemade goods.

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