Let it go, Let it go…

While most eight year olds would have been at school, playing with their friends or home with their families, recently a brave young girl was about to have the last of her treatments at the hospital’s Radiation Oncology Department.

Little did she know that her caring and dedicated radiation therapy team had been in cahoots with nurses and reception staff and concocted a wonderul surprise for her, with magic at every turn.

Karen Jovanovic, Chief Radiation Therapist, reports, “A young lady, only eight years old, was recently being treated in the Radiation Oncology Department, on our newest linear accelerator as it happens. Potentially a very scary procedure to be repeated 33 times.

“The staff in the department found out that she very much liked Frozen and so a poster was made on which to count down the treatment days. To help her forget what she was there for, the young lady brought in her CD of Frozen music. Of a usually happy disposition, she attended stoically every day supported by her brother and parents.

“The hospital’s team of radiation therapists treating her every day decided that she deserved a bigger than normal send-off on her last day. So the idea was born!

“As you will see from the photo, the Radiation Oncology team, dressed up as Elsa (Ashlee Lawrence) and Olaf (Tobie McGann, Perry Hunter, Niroga Edirisuriya and Nicola Schellnegger), was just the start of the surprise. The entrance was adorned with mobiles, the door covered by a sheet of ‘ice’ to break through. Entering the bunker was just like entering an ice cave - the lights shining blue, more mobiles and balloons. Frozen confetti and even a cake were ready for the exiting star of the day.

“The reception and nursing staff also got in on the act - an icy wand was made and the young lady was wheeled around in a big blue chariot with room to share with her brother. They turned the corner and broke through the ‘ice’ into the cave. Squeals of delight could be heard throughout the department. Cameras flashed. Laughs and giggles were loud. The young lady guessed who the team were under their costumes - no-one else could tell!

“At the end of the visit and the whole course of treatment, the young lady and her family went away with a beautiful memory, feeling loved and cared for.

“To the staff who went to such lengths to make her happy and actually enjoy her visits - the words are hard to find to thank you enough.”

First published in Calvary Mater Matters. Thanks to Helen Ellis for permission to republish.

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Tracey Edstein is the former editor of Aurora Magazine, the official magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

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