In 2013, I had breast cancer and had to receive chemotherapy. Although a nurse myself, my husband and I were ill-prepared for my first chemotherapy appointment. We severely underestimated the time I would be finished with the infusions and as it was toward the end of the day, my husband had to pick up our 9-year-old daughter. The problem became that the pharmacy was closing and there were post-chemo meds I had to take and he had my wallet and money with him! Jenny Baldwin, RN was my nurse that day and when she realized what was going on and saw the stress and fear in my eyes of trying to figure out how to get the medications, she said, "Don't worry about that! You just focus on you right now, I will go get your medications and pay for them and when your husband gets back, we can square things away, then." It was only $15, but it felt as though she was giving me the world at that moment and like she had taken such a weight off of me. I'm pretty sure I broke down into a crying mess when she left the room because she just did not have to go that extra mile, but she did. Sadly, I couldn't remember her name but remembered her face.
Our paths did not cross again during my chemo treatments or in all of the times I have gone back for follow up, labs, and injections. Until today. I am now 6 years out and taking oral medication only, no more IV chemo, but she did my labs today and it was all I could do to keep it together as I recalled the incident and told her what an absolute angel she was to me. I asked if I could take her name down this time and she was glad to give it to me again! While I might forget the name in years to come, I will always remember the person! Thank you so much, Jenny, for helping me and my family through one of the more trying times in our lives. We are forever in your gratitude.