Being a nurse made me appreciate MD Anderson more

As a registered nurse and a cancer survivor, I have a somewhat unique perspective: I can see things from the point of view of both the patient and the care team. When I sought a second opinion at MD Anderson after being diagnosed with cervical cancer in May 2010, I was amazed at the level of care I experienced. I’ve seen some things at MD Anderson that I haven’t found anywhere else. Beside you every step of the way The most amazing aspect of MD Anderson is the attentiveness and accessibility of the doctors. I would tell a technician I was having a side effect while receiving treatment, and within minutes, my physician would be standing right there, asking me what was wrong. I live in Parsons, a small town in southeast Kansas with less than 10,000 people. Up here, you practically have to go to an ER to see a doctor. You could go to a clinic maybe 15 times and still never see the physician. So to have my doctors right there, asking me how they could help at every step of the way, was incredible. One particularly bad day, I was too weak even to walk back to the dressing room after treatment. I felt like a truck had run over me. The technician noticed and said he was going to talk to the nurse. She came in and took my temperature, then said she’d be right back. Suddenly, my doctor was there, saying, “Let’s talk about what’s happening with you.” It turned out I had an infection. I didn’t know it, but I didn’t have...