I had felt earlier that the dentist and the GI and whatever were a nuisance at this time.
Then I told a neighbor and cancer survivor what I've shared here: that I am a whole person. And most of me is well. So don't I need to take care of all of me? I'll make my dentist appointment, too.
I keep talking and writing about the patient's experience. Perhaps I should say instead:
the whole person's experience as a patient!