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John Dooley

My name is John P. Dooley, and I live in Pershing, Indiana.  Through the past five years I've had many occasions to stay overnight at Reid Hospital and am writing to share some of my thoughts.  There are not enough words to express the deep gratitude I have for Reid Hospital and its medical staff.

Beginning in late 2001 my health began to decline.  My family physician, Dr. Bob Bode, referred me to the Blood and Cancer Center, and Dr. Vani Manyam also became involve din my care.  I have to say, from the bottom of my heart, that the care and compassion I received from all the doctors involved in my case, including Dr. Magdy Rofail and Dr. Xinqiang Han, and each and every nurse who helped along the way, went way above and beyond their call to duty.  They were a wonderful mix of kindness and professional knowledge.

Blood transfusions slowly made me a regular patient on the Oncology/Dialysis unit, and soon everyone on that floor, from doctors to nurses, and even the cleaning lady became my friends and second family.  I would dread each transfusion, but knowing that I'd see my friends help me out a lot.

Lately the transfusions have come closer together (almost weekly) and I am not benefiting from then as I have in the past; I have chosen to stop treatment and am starting Hospice Care.  I have come to terms with this, and I had made it clear to my doctors from the beginning that I would not continue when the treatments stopped helping me.

Now, my biggest hurt is knowing how much I will miss seeing my friends on a regular basis.  I will never forget them or their care.  I could not let this opportunity pass to let each and everyone one of you know what a light you were to me on my dark days.  I have to sincerely say thank you for your care, patience and compassion.  May God richly bless each and every one of you.

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