CLOVIS, Calif. - Nurses help patients get through some of their darkest days. One breast cancer patient who went through the Community Cancer Institute for her care, wanted to give a big thanks to one nurse in particular. Tracy Morgan said nurse Cammy Cox went beyond caring for her as she underwent chemo - Cammy became a lifelong friend.
Tracy is a breast cancer survivor. She was the first patient to ring the infusion bell last year when Community Cancer Institute opened in Clovis. And now, she gets to ring it again to celebrate the end of her cancer treatments.
"I've been out of treatment for about eight weeks, completely cancer free," exclaimed Tracy.
Tracy reflected on her time here. She said at first, it was not easy.
She commented, "I was pretty scared."
But she said the nurses around her were the best.
"The staff totally put you at ease, you know, you could tell that they knew what they were doing, that they had been doing this for a while," stated Tracy.
There was one nurse who stands out for Tracy. She hasn't seen her in months since she completed chemo. Our cameras were there as she reunited with her favorite registered nurse, Cammy Cox.
Tracy cried, "She made me feel at home, she made me feel like everything was going to be okay and that I was going to get through it."
Cammy said caretaking is in her nature. She's grateful to work with cancer patients to help them get through the tough times.
She stated, "We get to see them day in, day out. We get to see them throughout their journey, see their progress that they make. We see their successes, like Tracy."
The two women bonded. Tracy said the friendship with Cammy helped distract her from the pain. And, there was a lot of laughter.
Tracy laughed, "You [Cammy] bought me a pink wig for Halloween, so, and I wore it that one day... and so that's the type, the care that everyone should experience!"
Cammy said now it's just not the same in the infusion center without Tracy.
"I'm glad that she's not having to do chemo, anymore but I miss her, I miss seeing her," commented Cammy.
Tracy continued, "You miss seeing your nurse. I miss them, you know? They're like my friends."
Because of the care of nurses like Cammy and the whole team at CCI, Tracy can enjoy life, and with a new friend.
"Patients like Tracy are the reason we're here. She keeps us going, she is such an inspiration," Cammy ended.
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