Both Sides of the Bedside: From Oncology Nurse to Patient, an RN’s Journey with Cancer by Christine Magnus Moore
Oncology Nurse, Christine Magnus Moore, stood by the bedside of cancer patients for many years, caring for them as they endured major surgeries, chemotherapy and even the aftermath of grueling bone marrow transplants.
They fought a battle with an enemy in their bodies: cancer.
Some triumphed and some did not. Fighting for her patients’ health, she thought of herself as a soldier on the battlefield and was amazed at how they dealt with their difficult road and that they often thanked her with a smile. As connected as she felt to her patients, she didn’t fully comprehend the courage it took to confront cancer every day until she became one of them.
Christine navigates the rough road involved with cancer treatment, experiencing exhaustion beyond belief, debilitating nausea and pain, and other side effects which are overwhelmingly more difficult than she’d ever imagined. Her road is arduous and humbling and she is taxed to her core in every way: emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Living on the other side of the bedside, she feels vulnerable when some of the doctors and nurses she’s worked with becoming her caregivers…on top of all that her love life begins to present challenges as well.
Christine emerges as a cancer survivor and gains a profound understanding of the suffering her patients had weathered, discovering that her life has been re-calibrated. She embraces her higher purpose with an amplified vigor and empathy to help others dealing with the disease. Through the darkest of times, she finds the deepest grief and tears can produce the greatest strength and passion.
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“Kudos to Nurse Christine Magnus Moore!”
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At some point the life you imagined and planned for takes a left turn and you find yourself on a journey you never expected or wanted. Christine, an Oncology Nurse, experienced this first hand when she received her diagnosis: stage 3 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. She had cared for cancer patients, one might think she’d be better prepared then most in battling cancer. Perhaps. But, Nurse, Doctor or Joe Shmoo cancer eats at your life without prejudice.
Christine paints an honest picture of her relationships and her physical and emotional well-being from diagnosis, through treatment, and after recovery. This is juxtaposed with her memories as an Oncology Nurse, administering treatments and offering emotional support for cancer patients. Have a hanky because you’ll get both, sad and happy weepy.
About the Author
Christine Magnus Moore, RN, BSN, BMTCN has worked in the field of oncology for over fifteen years, adult and pediatric. Her jobs have included working as a general oncology nurse, surgical oncology nurse, bone marrow transplant nurse, bone marrow transplant coordinator and charge nurse. Outside of oncology, she has worked as an ER and Recovery Room nurse during her twenty-five plus year career. A grateful cancer survivor of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Christine dedicates her life to helping people affected by cancer. She created and is the leader of, a young adult cancer survivor group through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society called the LLS SoCal Cancer Connection. In addition, Christine works as a Hematology Stem Cell Transplant Nurse Coordinator.
In 2013, Both Sides of the Bedside won an award for an outstanding memoir at the Southern California Writer’s Conference. Passionate about survivorship, Christine has published articles for the ihadcancer.com website and the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. She writes her own blog on her website at bothsidesofthebedside.com.
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