It's all a matter of perspective
The last few weeks have been pretty tough emotionally. The number of patients I meet who have high grade incurable cancers seems to be much higher than it has been before. I am always knocked sideways by their stories.
My predecessor advised not to get emotionally involved, but I am only human and cannot help but be moved.
One lady has an incurable cancer and has an incredibly positive outlook, especially as her daughter is also terminally ill. The lady has refused chemotherapy as she wants to spend quality time with her daughter.
Two young mums have died in the last few months leaving children.
A lovely lady I have just met has a particularly nasty cancer, she also has three children under 10. She is incredibly positive; putting plans into place and ensuring her children will have support. She plans to fund raise for the local Hospice. She said that having her diagnosis has given her focus and she has so much to do in what may be a short time.
Sometimes I get home from work wiped out emotionally. It certainly puts my problems into perspective.