Penned approximately late December 2009
Before I was diagnosed, I used to have to do so many chemo people's bloods. Sometimes on the hospital wards they would be so close to the end and I would have to take their blood, a task made notoriously hard from all the scar tissue which had formed on every one of their vessels over time. I have written down the names of every patient I have ever lost... to cancer. I keep the list in a book, kept in a safe place. It was only fitting that I be struck with it too, so that my empathy could become truer than ever.