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By Jose Tongol, MD, Jun 1, 2021

Not an easy task
A difficult dilemma to grasp
A horrifying experience
Overwhelmed by this encounter
My wife is stricken by cancer
Not prepared for this
I’m willing to overcome this
Thought I knew what to expect
Emotional impacts are unreal
Dealing with physical deformities after surgery
The healing period is long lasting
The anticipation of what’s next
I’m used to giving chemotherapy
I never expected the real side effects
From vomiting, nausea and depression
From genuine pain and excessive fatigue
Some days I just cried
Felt better when I do
I prayed this dilemma will soon be over
I’m not used to her that sick
I counseled her with her pain
I encouraged her to eat better
I tried to be with her all the time
I felt the burden of being a.....
It’s worst when you knew more
I wrote my experience to help others
I’m a better person
I’m a better physician
I’m a fairly good caregiver

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