Decorative and relaxing fish tank in radiation lobby, metaphor for
Tender catching; then proudly displaying the beauty of treatment and
Closeness of death; sadness and pride in releasing back into healthy life.
Last appointment with radiation oncology practitioners.
Tapped on wall next to curtained doorway to radiation lobby.
Warmly greeted; all acknowledging gift of final interactions.
Recognize admirable ability to forge close, therapeutic
Relationships; culminating in complete closure; followed by
Team members' once again warmly attaching to next patient.
Although grieving the safety of being enveloped in competent
Embrace of all members of radiation oncology medical team,
Also celebrating my release and their ability to lovingly let go.
Ann Beth Blake
(c) December 5, 2013