As a oncology nurse, I meet with patients on the day of their follow up visit with their surgical oncologist. If they are meeting with me, it is because they have been told they need to start chemotherapy. Patients were hoping to never have sit across the desk of an oncology nurse and learn all about chemotherapy. The satchels of caring provide a warm human touch to the binders filled with pages of information that can seem so daunting on this day. The women I have distributed the hand-made satchels like them very much, it truly can bring a smile to their face when they remember all those volunteers that are out there and care about them. I believe that when we incorporate the satchels to their first visit, they begin to understand there are groups and services out in the community and they are reaching out to them.
Our patients sincerely appreciate these lovely, one-of-a-kind bags. It's a little bright spot on an otherwise bleak horizon. They really enjoy being able to pick out there own bag and always comment on how pretty all of them are. The fact that they are lovingly made by such talented volunteers makes them even more special. The nurses are happy to have something so nice to offer to new patients. You help make us look 'good', too. Thanks for all you do.
Our Oncology office acts as a conduit to provide these wonderful bags to women affected by Gynecologic Maligancy. At a time when their world is faling apart, a little ray of sunshine in the form of a beautiful handcrafted tote is given to them and in a small way gives them hope. The bags are fileld with comforting and inspirational items. It is uplifting for the patients to know that someone, a strnger, is reaching out with kindness and healing wishes through these Satchels of Caring.