I said good bye to my surgeon, the woman who operated on my right breast twice.
She is a beautiful woman, not in the Hollywood glamour sense. Her blond hair, blue eyes and balanced features might make movie town status if she bothered with make up but even without it there is a still a beauty.
What makes her truly beautiful is when she walks into a room she brings with her a sense of calm. The same calm is shown whether bringing good or bad news.
This appointment is one of good news. All my signs, my scar are good. I won't need to see her again even if I have one breast that still could be chopped off. Neither of us wants that. Better to greet in the street or over a cup of coffee.
I am also saying good bye, because she is leaving HUG and La Maternié where I have received such wonderful care, physically and emotionally and will still have follow up check ups.
She is going to start a new breast cancer clinic in a private hospital, a challenge and change is looking forward to after ten years with HUG.
She explains that she could only do that because of Swiss law. Now the obligatory insurance can be used at public or private hospitals rather than just the public. The public ones like HUG are world class teaching hospitals and many of the private hospitals are also good but before the legal change the required insurance was much more expensive.
"I didn't want to only treat the rich," she said. She wanted to be available to anyone who would need her. "Money isn't that important to me."
I thank her for her care, for her patience when I didn't like what she told me and for everything.
We hug at HUG.