Saturday Snapshot

This scene has become very familiar to me over the last four weeks:

Edinburgh Cancer Centre view of Edinburgh skyline2

It’s the Edinburgh skyline I can see from the Edinburgh Western General Hospital. The tall spire towards the left of the photo is the Scott Monument in Princes Street Gardens. Moving to the right of that is the fortress that is Edinburgh Castle and below that the green dome is the copper-clad dome of West Register House, one of the buildings of the National Archive of Scotland, in Charlotte Square.

And this is why – it’s the view from the Edinburgh Cancer Centre, where I’ve been going for the last four weeks. (Last week I wrote about being diagnosed with a breast cancer – see this post.)

It’s not as grim inside as it looks outside – it’s quite nice actually. I’ve got two more sessions of radiotherapy next week and then that is the end of my treatment, apart from follow-up appointments and a bone density scan. I’ll be glad to get back to ‘normal’. Maybe then I’ll get back to writing about books – I’ve got quite a pile lined up to review.

See more Saturday Snapshots on Alyce’s blog At Home With Books.

17 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot

  1. Hospitals always seem to look grim – I don’t know why. And they all seem to be built along similar lines, but it’s the treatment that is important. Hope you’re getting along OK. I like the Edinburgh skyline!

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  2. I’m glad to hear that your treatment is coming to an end. I have friends who have gone through it and I know how much it can take out of you.

    I’ve read a couple of Ian Rankins lately and a Kate Atkinson set in Edinburgh and now I feel I quite know the city!

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  3. Hospitals never look like much fun, but as long as the treatment is good that is the most important bit. This one has a nice view though.
    I’m glad that your treatment is going well and that you’re almost done. Best wishes.

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  4. Thank you for sharing your view with us. I just hopped over to read your other post, and I’m so glad to see that treatment has been going well for you. How smart you were to follow up with your gut instinct about something being wrong!

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  5. I’m sorry that you’ve been needing to see that skyline, but glad that the treatment is nearly over. Thanks for sharing these photos. Generations of medical students have been taught to ask patients to say West Register Street to check a patient’s speech. Now I know that it’s in Edinburgh!

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  6. Here’s hoping the treatment continues to progress well for you! Bet you can’t wait to get home and look out your windows at more familiar and loved views! In the meanitme, Edinburgh is a pretty cool place … I hope you make time to enjoy a few nips of Scotch and a little walk in the sunshine!

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  7. Margaret, So glad you are almost finished with the treatments. I love that skyline, love all of Edinburgh, but seeing it from the hospital while getting cancer treatment sure isn’t the best way to be there. I wish you the very best and look forward to your reviews.

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  8. Margaret, Wishing you peace and strength through your treatment. My friend Dream Girl had breast cancer two years ago. We run together and she hardly missed any of our running sessions. She even ran a half marathon two weeks after her treatment. She feels like cancer changed her life for the better. I hope you have similar good feelings at the end of your treatment. Here’s Mine

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