Nurse’s compassion eases pancreatic cancer patient’s fears

It’s been more than a year since Jacquiela Dorsey, a stage IV pancreatic cancer patient, met Lady June Bolhorst, a clinical nurse who goes by L.J., but she knows she’ll never forget her. The kindness L.J. showed when Jaquelia was nervous about receiving a biopsy left an impression. Here’s their story. Coming to MD Anderson for a biopsy Jacquiela: I was nervous about coming to MD Anderson. I had already had a Whipple procedure, a long and complicated surgery, at a hospital in New Orleans, about four hours from where I live in Monroe, Louisiana. Then, my doctor recommended that I do my chemotherapy at MD Anderson – another big hospital in a big city. Before I started chemo, I had to have a biopsy. I was so nervous about that biopsy. I was worried that the local anesthetic would wear off and I would be able to feel that pain. I was nervous my blood pressure would spike and we’d have to reschedule. But then the nurse – L.J. – came in. She didn’t leave my side the whole time. She was just really caring and comforting. She distracted me while the biopsy was performed. We talked about what it was like growing up with unusual names. We laughed and said we wondered what our mothers were thinking. When they said the biopsy was over, I said I was still waiting for it to start! I felt like I was just having tea with an old friend. Jacquiela Dorsey L.J.: When I came in, I could tell Jacquiela was nervous. But I just did what I always do....