The further along I get in my career, the
more I appreciate the privilege to work with the patients and the families. It is
unbelievable to me how much I continually learn from from those
patients and those families. Working with this patient population, in a way, it
keeps me young. I think it’s one of those things that I enjoy the most. These
kids are so much more than a child with cancer. They’re children that just
happened to get cancer and that is important to remember when we treat them.
The other part of our job is is really, quite frankly, to care. And to take the time
to listen to the patient, listen to the family, really understand what their needs
are beyond what we see as their… the medical needs. I couldn’t do this if I
didn’t care. And the day that I stop caring… you know, about the patients and
their families, no matter how hard that is when the outcomes aren’t good, it’s
the day I have to quit doing this.