Making the Difficult Moments ‘a Piece of Cake’


One oncology nurse helped a patient with esophageal cancer throughout treatment by keeping her comfortable and maintaining her dignity.

Karina Wischhusen, RN, is an exceptional nurse and healer. During my aggressive chemotherapy and radiation therapy for my esophageal cancer, she always went above and beyond. Karina would see if I wanted my port sprayed with freeze spray before starting. She explained every step in detail and addressed every and any question or concerns. Karina helped me go to the bathroom and made sure I had my dignity intact while keeping me comfortable. She shared some poignant life experiences with me that eased my mind and brought a smile to my face. Karina’s bubbly personality with her caring, loving attitude made the hard moments a piece of cake.

Editor’s Note: This is an essay submitted by Chardele Miller for the 2021 Extraordinary Healer Award. Click here to read more about CURE®’s Extraordinary Healer® Award for Oncology Nursing event on April 30, 2021.

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