16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 16

16 color grad DAY 16

Confetti falling from the sky, the roar of cheering crowds, bands playing…  Not really but that is what it felt like on my last day of treatment.  All my techs—past and present—were there, the nurses, the office staff and my doctor were there.  And so were my shoes.

Walking in past the clerical station….

Office manager:  Let’s see what shoes you are wearing today!  Do you change your toe nail polish every day?

Me:  No, not in real life.  Just for this game.

Inside…

Techs (hugs and congratulations): Cute shoes.  Do you change your toe nail polish every day?

Me: No, not in real life.  Just for this game.

Emotions exchanged, fondness expressed, gratitude, a certificate…  Out to examination room.

Previous techs flooding in (looking in my eyes then down at  my feet):  We just want to say happy graduation day and how great it was taking care of you.  What are you wearing today?  We are bummed we missed getting to see all the changes!

Me:  Love you too!  Read my blog…

And they did…immediately.  [Hi guys!!!  :)]

Doctor and head nurse entering room: Look at those shoes!  Do you change your toe nail polish every day?

Me: No, not in real life.  Just for this game.

What a fun game this has been!

It’s their job…to make us feel better, to make us feel human, to express compassion.  And they did each and every day.  Despite the highly technical work they executed with great skill, they still took the time to play this game with me and share their lives.  The real stars of this show…

My main techs, Dana and Nicole.IMG_4822

Techs that alternated; Roxanne and SandyIMG_4826

Head nurse Natalie and alternating tech Amanda:IMG_4930

Please read my wrap up post following this one…

22 responses to 16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 16

  1. Hillary W.

    Hahahaha … That’s awesome. CONGRATULATIONS and thanks for bringing us along for the ride!

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  2. Sandy

    Congratulations! This blog needs to go viral to help millions who don’t have your imagination and hutzpah (???). See you tomorrow. Sandy

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  3. Anonymous

    Congratulations on this latest accomplishment! You are one great lemonade maker, i.e. “when life gives you lemons…” And thanks for sharing….Mom B

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  4. Lynn E.

    Congratulations Jane! I am sending imaginary confetti, flowers and balloons. You go girl!

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  5. Anonymous

    Well I finally figured out how to read the whole posts, no my long suit this tech stuff! Congratulations on your beautiful writing and your resolve during this whole ordeal, you are quite the amazing lady! Wishing you love, health and all the happiness you can handle. So glad they caught it early. Concord hospital is amazing, I have many heros there, now you do to ! Love Jules

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  6. Joy Dobson Way

    Congratulations on completing your treatment. Looks like your were a breath of fresh air for the staff!

    Joy

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  7. Myrna DeMartino

    That is certainly one positive way to deal with the day to day situation. I love the daily updates, and now I am checking my shoes for inspiration. Thank you Jane for a fun ride.

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  8. Jules ROBINSON

    Well I finally figured out how to read the whole posts, no my long suit this tech stuff! Congratulations on your beautiful writing and your resolve during this whole ordeal, you are quite the amazing lady! Wishing you love, health and all the happiness you can handle. So glad they caught it early. Concord hospital is amazing, I have many heros there, now you do to ! Love Jules

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  9. julesprobinson

    Jane I finally got to read your 16 days, so well written! So sorry about your latest health issue, you seemed to handle it with grace as always! So glad they caught it early and that you are done with the treatments. Wishing you good health and send all our love! Concord hospital is amazing I have many heros there, now you do too! Love Jules

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    • janebalshaw creative Post Author

      Yay Jules! So happy you could take the time to read my writing. And I am with you; many many heroes at Concord Hospital! We are so blessed to have it all right at our finger tips. ox

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  10. Beth

    A wonderful, light-hearted sharing of a journey which could have been a very different kind of experience. Prayers and Blessings to you.

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  11. justinegraykin

    So glad you sent me the link for this. Coming into it late, I had to scroll all the way down and play catch-up. Looking forward to the final entry. It’s fascinating to find out about this aspect to your life, one I would not have had a clue about except for this.

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    • janebalshaw creative Post Author

      Thank you for reading! We all have “stuff” in our lives that no one would have a clue about. The knowledge of this makes me more compassionate to others….you just never what someone has on their plate. 🙂

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