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  • Relationships with your Doctors

    Posted 10/2/2015 by hhill

      Obviously there are no absolutes, and everyone is different, but many cancer patients have long and close and sustaining relationships with their caregivers. I started to write "with their doctors", but it is broader than that. The connections are also with nurses, social workers, nursing assistants, the people at the front desk who are the first to greet you when you arrive for an appointment or a treatment. One of the reasons that many of us have loved working in oncology is the longevity of many relationships. There are many women whom I have literally known for decades.

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  • Big Research Questions

    Posted 10/1/2015 by hhill

      I am back at the hospital today, feeling both exhausted and exhilarated by my days at Wonderwell. Given those feelings and how swamped I am today and that I think it is time for a change in the flavor of this blog, today's topic is big cancer research questions. What are the over-arching questions and themes and challenges?

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  • North to Wonderwell

    Posted 10/1/2015 by hhill

      Shortly after finishing this blog, I will move my small suitcase to my car and head north to Wonderwell. My car is pretty full already with goodie bags (thanks to the wonderful people at Windows of Hope at BIDMC) for the participants, a large selection of appetizers to be heated for our cocktail hours, and some things to be dropped off at Good Will as I head out of town.

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  • Wonderwell Continuing

    Posted 9/30/2015 by hhill

      I would come for the laughter that I can hear from the dining room. I would come for the pumpkin maple pancakes or the baked french toast or the tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches or the wine before dinner or the rain pounding overnight on the skylight over my head. I would come for the smiles and hugs from Donna in the kitchen or the 45 minute meditation, punctuated only by the gong at start and finish or the sweet water from the well. But mostly I would come, and do come, and will come again, I hope, for what happens here.

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  • Wonderwell

    Posted 9/29/2015 by croy
    It happened about half a mile down the road, the same feeling that overtakes me when we cross the bridge to "our" island in Maine. All of a sudden, no gradual shift, the weight and stress and worry and obligations vanish. In their place comes peace. Yesterday, awash with this gift and admiring the beginning reds and golds and burnt yellows in the trees, I turned into Wonderwell. And then it really happened. It took a great deal of self control to not burst into tears or, even better, to drop to my knees. This place is magic — and "magic" is really not the right word. Read more... Comments (0)
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