Hi Peace Family! I recently went to MD Anderson for a check-up and had a chance to stop by the Gynecological Radiation Department and see the doctor that heads that up. Her name is Dr. Patricia Eifel. Like the tower in Paris but spelled differently. After my surgery I was assigned as one of her patients. She oversees the department but likes to personally take on ‘interesting or rare cases’. Well, my case was rare and that interested her. Believe me, it had nothing to do with radio or any of that. She could care less. She likes a challenge so I showed up at her office door.
I was told by my surgeon I would be in good hands because Dr. Eifel wrote the book on this type of radiation….no really. One of the text books my surgeon studied on the subject was written by Dr. Eifel. She’s a tough cookie. No nonsense. Very focused. I was so scared and unsure of what lay ahead for me. I can’t say she had much of a bedside manner and was usually matter-of-fact in the things she told me. There were days I cried and told her I was overwhelmed by this whole thing…and she referred me to a counselor to talk to. Yes I did take advantage of that and it helped so much! There are times you feel you aren’t in control of anything anymore and I was reminded I was indeed still in control. I could stop treatment at any time I wanted. But of course that would mean the disease would eventually take over my body and take my life. But it was my choice.
Somehow that set me free. It was my choice to live and fight and survive cancer. Dr. Eifel was the tool our Father sent to do that. There were bad side effects I had from the treatment because it was so aggressive, but then so was my cancer. Yes I might have side effects the rest of my life but I would be alive. I would survive. So I let her do whatever she felt was best to eradicate my cancer.
So I wanted her to see me healed and well and back to my old self and tease her a little and I stopped in. It was great. We hugged and I said, “You FRIED me!” and she said, “Yes, but you’re here aren’t you?” I couldn’t argue with that. I was alive.
So if you prayed for me during that time, THANK YOU!! I just wanted you to see who God used to answer those prayers. I am ever so grateful. Oh, and she’s still all business.