“You colluded with her! I can’t believe how you doctors were so self-satisfied. You didn’t even consider me. You and that doctor talked down to me like I was a moron!”
“But you’re cancer-free! You’re okay. Aren’t you happy about that?” I was so surprised by her reaction I could hardly think or speak. Then I realized that she hadn’t even registered the positive news. She had been waiting for something negative and that was all she could hear or see.
“I hate you both!” she screamed and ran down the hall. I dashed after her, calling her name, but she jumped into an elevator and ran off.
Later that evening she called me to apologize and thank me for going with her. The good news had finally sunk in. Her reactions are indicative of how severely she suffers from borderline personality disorder and how difficult it is for her to process information and have healthy interpersonal relationships.