Friday, June 5, 2015

Song of appreciation


When a person is diagnosed with cancer, it often can be daunting to process all of the emotions involved before assessing the best course of treatment. In the case of MGH Cancer Center patient Maureen Condon, this was a reality she faced – twice. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and colon cancer in 2013.

“Both times, the doctors, nurses and technical staff at the MGH treated me with the highest level of medical expertise and the greatest kindness,” says Condon. “I’m healthy now, back to my normal life and am extremely grateful. A simple thank you to everyone involved in my care didn’t seem adequate, so I decided the best way for me to say thanks was by writing and recording a song dedicated to them. It’s called, ‘You Were There.’”

Condon’s song focuses on her personal journey from diagnosis through treatment. Among the lyrics devoted to her care team are:

You were there, the day I got the news,
When I had so much to lose,
You were there,
In darkness of that night, when all I knew was pain,
Didn’t even know your name,
You were there for me,
You cared for me, you were there.

“All of us are so touched that Maureen took the time and effort to record such a lovely tribute to our department,” says Douglas Ross, MD, of MGH Thyroid Unit Associates. “Our primary goal is to always help patients return back to the lives they had prior to cancer, and in Maureen’s case, we are extremely pleased at the outcome.”

Adds Paul Shellito, MD, of the MGH Department of Surgery, “It’s always rewarding to see patients thrive after completing treatment for cancer – a process that can be difficult for even the strongest people. Maureen’s song sums up our principal concern, which is not only to treat patients but also to be there for them in any capacity we can.”

Condon says, “I owe my life – twice – to the people of the MGH and I will forever be grateful.” To hear Condon’s song, visit

Read more articles from the 06/05/15 Hotline issue.

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