After three days we have made it to the fifth floor of CTCA (we took the elevator). This afternoon we will get a proposed treatment plan from the Oncologist as well as second visits with Naturopath and Nutritionist and a first visit with PT/OT. We have already met with many nurses, an Internist, Naturopath and Nutritionist, Genetic Counselor, Radiation Oncologist (who we have invited to stay with us for the Sailboat show), a Pastoral Counselor as well as a top notch Mind-Body Doc. It has been a busy 3 days. And there are Acupuncturists and Massage Therapists on staff as well.
The team here at CTCA is impressive. All the Docs and medical folks have been interested and interesting. We have asked a couple hundred questions and gotten answers.
This morning, as we were leaving our appointment, we asked the Radiation Oncologist another quick question and he took us back in the room and spent another 10 minutes drawing diagrams to detail the answers. Yea, we kept asking questions:-)
We have had many opportunities to model our health and lifestyle choices to open minded and welcoming people.
So, so far so good. We were referred here by my local Naturopath and am pleased that we have invested the time to visit.
Laura and I absolutely have the ability to assemble such a team in Annapolis. The difference is that here my team is going to sit down and actually communicate with each another, AND the medical docs respect and desire the input of the holistic medicine part of the team.
The actual logistics of getting treatment here seem manageable, so we will see what today brings and I will make my treatment choices next week after one more visit to a local Oncologist.
It is such an interesting world and I am heartened that there are places where a genuine effort has been made to cross the divides between allopathic and holistic medicine as well as between body – mind – spirit in such a way to embrace a much broader view of healing and medicine.
Love and blessings,