Doctors' Day: Saying “Thanks” to Those Who Save Lives

March 30 was National Doctors’ Day, and patients shared their appreciation through notes of thanks and philanthropic support to those who treated them during their cancer journey. These are just a few quotes from the hundreds of notes that came in to support the caregivers at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

To: Dr. Byrd
From: Jim B.

“I cannot thank you enough for my care with CLL. You have provided me the opportunity to meet my first grandchild, soon to walk my daughter down the wedding aisle, and in July, meet my second grandchild. Your bedside manner is reassuring and compassionate. I am so fortunate that you are at Ohio State and are also my physician.”

To: Dr. Megan Merrill
From: Mark F.

“You may never exactly comprehend the very special difference you made in my life as I faced the prospect of living with cancer. Your empathy, medical knowledge and your wonderful communication skills combined to make a very powerful impact on my outlook. As my treatment progressed and I became acquainted with the staff in the department, it also became clear what a positive influence you have been on them. Thank you for all that you do.

To: Dukagjin Blakaj
From: Stephen P.

“Dr. Blakaj led the radiation team that treated me for metastatic prostate cancer that had spread to my spine. I cannot thank him and the nurses/techs in Radiation Oncology enough for all they did for me before and during my treatments there. I am blessed with an amazing medical team at the OSUCCC – James… They work together with each other and with me… caring, compassionate professionals each and every one.”

To: Dr. Don Benson, Jr.
From: Georgia D.

“… I emailed Dr. Benson to see if he could see my father in for a second opinion consultation and he graciously did, even on a non-clinical day. Dr. Benson spent almost two hours educating us about Multiple Myeloma, discussing treatment options and answering our endless questions. He was personable, thorough and down to earth. He did not rush us through the appointment and showed genuine compassion and interest in my father’s quality of life. That day, we left with hope and a recommendation for treatment. My father slept uninterrupted for the first night in weeks. As a result [of Dr. Benson’s recommended course of treatment], my father went into remission for almost 8 years when the average patient is usually in remission for 32 months. Dr. Benson, we want you to know how much we appreciate your unwavering commitment and compassion for all those afflicted with this disease.”

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