I often Tweet and Facebook-Status-Update (they need a shorter name for that) about how much I love my job. I decided that it’s about time I started explaining some of the reasons why. So starting today, in no particular order, here they are.
First, for anyone reading who knows nothing about me or what I do: I am a nursing assistant in an outpatient Cancer Clinic associated with a large cancer hospital/research center. The clinic I am in specalizes in GI cancers (colon, pancreatic, liver, gastric, rectal, etc). These cancers tend to go undetected for a long time, so it “could” be a very sad place to work. But … it is not.
Reason #1 I Love My Job: My Patients
We have the best patients in the world. Ever. I mean it. These wonderful people are dealing with one of the worst things that a person should have to deal with. Cancer in general – sucks. Sucks big, giant donkey nut-sacks. I lost my father to cancer. My mother-in-law currently has cancer. It really sucks a lot.
However, the patients I see daily are for the most part the most positive people I know. They are all heroes to me. Every last one. I enjoy coming here every day to see them. Because of the nature of cancer and treatment, we see them on a regular basis. Weekly or every other week, every four weeks at the longest usually. I know them. They know me. We talk about our lives, our families, our problems. They are like family to me. They ask me how my son’s concert went. I ask them if they did well hunting over the weekend. We know each other on a level much greater than that of, say, my dentist or my family doctor. We spend what I like to think of as quality time together. We laugh together and we cry together. We give hugs and share inappropriate jokes. I see them at their best and at their worse. They make my life better and cause me to feel as if I am doing something that matters. I love them all – each and every one. They make it a joy to come to work every day and if I have to be off … I miss them tremendously.
My patients are strong, positive, amazing people and that is why I love my job.