Navigating the health care system is close to impossible. Health professionals have seen it all before and you're flattering yourself if you think you're special. After my initial CT scan, I was referred to a thoracic surgeon, and the diagnosis process slowed. It took days to get a call back. A week passed before I had an appointment. The first biopsy didn't get enough tissue, and the near-traumatizing second needed ten days of analysis. Four weeks isn't that long, but if 'you have cancer' is at the end of it, it feels like a lifetime.
|Me and me ma in Amsterdam, |
the Netherlands, August 2011.
Truth be told, I was afraid the doctor wouldn't like me. Thankfully, my mom was not. She focused on what was really at stake - getting her daughter better. Two years later, I am, thanks to my mother's fearlessness and fighting spirit.