The nurses at the Jacksonville Mayo Clinic were so caring, efficient and accommodating. They would try to give us a private room, an extra pillow and heated blankets so David Ray could rest beside me while I was getting my weekly treatments. We became friends and I still check in with them when I go for follow up visits. Some of the nurses were breast cancer survivors themselves. One nurse got diagnosed during my time there and we commiserated on mastectomies and reconstructive surgeries. When I finally completed my last chemo treatment they gave me a certificate with all their signatures and sweet notes of encouragement.
Author Note: A Stroll Down Mammary Lane is an illustrated journal chronicling eighteen months of our experience with breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and cure. During the long convalescence, I spent most of my time horizontal healing from multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and other treatments. I was unable to work in my pottery studio and my career as a full time ceramic sculptor was put on hold while I focused on getting through one procedure at a time. I wasn’t able to do much but I did draw and it resulted in about 90 illustrations of my process of fighting breast cancer.
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