“Making it bearable is a large part of this process,” he said. “You walk in there and it can be a tough place. It’s a gloomy procedure.”

Linder, 81, is grateful to this day — 14 years after cancer treatment — that he got an extraordinary nurse with an extraordinary gift for lifting the darkness. “What was important was her attitude,” he said. “She made it much more acceptable.”

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