Kind Words

“Last year, our beloved Bernese Mountain dog, Dexter, was diagnosed with lymphoma.  We were at a loss, not knowing what course of action to take.  As an oncology nurse, I had experienced firsthand, patients living through their chemotherapy journey with awful side effects that undermined their quality of life.  Would we want that for Dexter?  To say that it was a miracle that we found Dr. Rizzo and her team would be an understatement.  We had called countless oncologists when Dexter was first diagnosed. Most did not return our call.   Those who called us back informed us that it would be weeks before our Dexter could be seen.  Dr. Rizzo not only called us back, but took the time to answer all of our questions so that we could make an informed decision.  She offered us a zoom appointment to get to know her and to talk about Dexter’s treatment plan.  She was so calming as she addressed our anxiety and stress.  Every step of the way, Dr. Rizzo and her staff have treated us with kindness, compassion, patience, and humility.  When Dexter’s anxiety became too great to come to the clinic, Dr. Rizzo and her wonderful team came to our house and gave Dexter chemotherapy at his favorite spot of the house, with his favorite ducky by his side.  Soft music was played in the background.  Dr. Rizzo and her team were petting Dexter the entire time, giving him encouraging words of praise, with me sitting next to his head.  Dexter was so relaxed, I doubt he knew he was getting chemotherapy.  I was struck by the loving vibe permeating the entire room.  After it was all done, Dexter got up with a smile on his face.  I took a picture of him.  I wish I could share this picture with everyone in the world. We love our Dexter very much.  We don’t know how long we will have him with us. What I do know is that I trust Dr. Rizzo and her staff completely to journey with us through this challenge.  We could not have asked for a better oncologist and team.”