My heart is full. My hands and mind are busy these days, but my heart is full. I am finally taking a moment in the frenzy to blog about one of my favorite doctors in life; Dr. Appel.
When I first met Dr. Appel I was worried because he looked so YOUNG. He came highly recommended by my breast cancer surgeon Dr. Evans and after I was with him for ten minutes, I knew he was the surgeon for me. He has such a calming spirit and he is so professional and so careful. I was diagnosed and reconstructed in mid to late 2011 and over the years Dr. Appel and I have seen each other many times. “Dr. Appel, I have a hole in my seam”…”Dr. Appel, I have a stitch popping thru my incision” ….”Dr. Appel, my expanders hurt”….”Dr. Appel, it’s time for my one year exam” ….”Dr. Appel, I am in Jamaica and my breast is turning purple”….”Dr. Appel, I found a lump”….”Dr. Appel, Dr. Appel, Dr. Appel!!! “
I am convinced by now that he would like to change his name and his phone number so he could stop hearing me say “Dr. Appel…..” I often tell people he is the most intuitive man I have ever met in my entire life and I recommend him to everyone I know facing this step in a breast cancer diagnosis. What surgeon gives you his cell phone number and encourages you to call with any problems or questions? Dr. Appel. What surgeon helps you while you are in another country on vacation and your breast is turning purple? Dr. Appel. What surgeon has put us back together after our cancer has been removed? Dr. Appel. What surgeon does this in a calm and professional manner putting up with more “moments” of mine than I can count? Dr. Appel.
I am so very thankful to have him in my life and have him on my cancer team. He has taken care of so many of my friends and co-survivors and everyone that I know feels about him like I do. Dr. Appel, Dr. Appel, Dr. Appel….where in the world would we all be at this point without you?
Thank you for always supporting me, for encouraging me, and for fixing me…you are putting back together what cancer tried to destroy – and you, Dr. Appel, are a very special and talented surgeon/artist so it’s fitting that you are with us this Saturday night at the Silhouette of a Woman art show at Queens University Sports Complex (NOT on the main campus) 2229 Tyvola Road….words cannot describe all that you have done for us. Besides being with us Saturday night, to have you be an event sponsor for this event, to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society, makes my heart full.
We are thankful for you and we adore you!