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One aspect of cancer patient care philosophy is ensuring that the patients are treated as human beings, not as patients. Doing so ensures that their dignity and sense of humanity stay intact and their morale stays boosted. In his book Janet & Me, Stan Mack reflects on what serve as several examples of how both he and Janet instinctively pursued and enacted that philosophy. Janet enacted the philosophy in preferring to go to the hospital by herself for her medical treatments. Even though the treatments made her feel tired, she insisted on keeping her morale high by not becoming overcome by her tiredness. In doing so, she kept herself from feeling "treated like" a patient.
However, Stan liked to accompany her and doing so was his own way of enacting the philosophy of not treating her like a patient. In going with her, hee bonded with her as a person just like they in turn bonded with the other patients in the chemo suite. As Stan phrases it, in being "by her side in the chemo suite, reading, schmoozing, joking [they had] joined the community of people bound together by cancer" (p. 23). In bonding together, they all treated each other as people, not as patients, which kept their morale high.
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