The first time I’d met my oncologist, it was in the midst of figuring out what surgery I would be having for my mastectomy.
Naomi and I had visited Suzy on a Friday night in October. She had run through the treatment options that I could go with. I instantly knew she was one of the best.
Her approach was calming, informative and cautious. In comparison to my weekly appointments with Katy, I was only seeing Suzy once every three weeks, so the rapport between the two of us was not on the same scale.
Since chemo had started, my appointments were usually the day before my EC sessions. Every time we would meet, something would be different with my appearance. My hair had gone from shoulder length to bob to buzz cut; and each time Suzy saw me, she would compliment me on it, then the consultation would start in the professional calming manner that she operated in.
My last appointment, I couldn’t do much more with my hair, so I sat down, took off my coat and smiled.
Suzy looked at me, walked to the door and caught her previous patients and team.
“Oh my god, she’s wearing a pink unicorn onesie!”
I knew at that point I’d cracked her and we had bonded.