i imagine that a great patient does not use the words "shit. oh shit. shit--this sucks" when being told something she doesn't want to hear.
fortunately my oncologist is too compassionate to hold it against me. i'm pretty sure. there is probably a grace period. a kind of drop-your-lowest-test score kind of grading policy.
when i stopped cursing, i told her she did a really good job of telling me, which she really did. she seemed to be genuinely happy about that. she said i should tell my surgeon.
how adorable is that?