Sandra's Barriers

I need help

Anger helped me

Not a pill taker

Attitude Matters

Wussies weren't allowed

How my counselor helped

I'm more than a patient

Had to find it myself

Anger helped me

In my experience, when I had the pre-op interview I remember saying I am really angry, I am furious. I think in a way it was kind of good because it allowed me to latch onto something, to fight something real. Whereas before, you had this, it's a disease, you feel a lump, they take it out. But it is not anything you can really kick butt. Because I didn't want to be just another name. I wanted to be a person. I was not "the patient." So by writing letters to people in charge, making phone calls maybe another person who came behind me wouldn't have the same experience. Hopefully there were some nurses who would maybe think twice before they were rude or insensitive to another patient.

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