My blog series, Bridging the Gap, with Tracy Whitworth, Survivorship Care Coordinator for Cancer Treatment Centers of America®, Western Regional Medical Center continues as we catch up with her after her second in person training weekend. Tracy, you recently completed Mod II, the second of three in person training modules with the Institute for Professional…
When we take our turns across the time zones to honor those who make incredible sacrifices, carry out the mission they committed to and who often make the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf, make it count.
Tracy, in our last blog interview, we explored the challenge of survivors who avoid preventative testing out of fear of having to go through treatment again. Let’s take a look at a related issue…what it’s like for the healthcare professional with a patient or survivor who makes a choice the healthcare professional doesn’t feel is in the patient/survivor’s best interest.
When a healthcare professional has a situation such as a survivor who chooses not to do preventative testing, what are some of the challenges that can come up for the professional?
We continue my interview, Taking a Pass on Prevention, with Tracy Whitworth…
Something I’ve noticed as I coach more and more nurses is how often they are already using some of the basic coaching skills and often are unaware of it. Coach training increases their awareness so they can consciously build in use of the tools more frequently instead of wondering why sometimes their patient dialogue is effective and other times they feel like they just can’t get through. Nurses are also often already very patient-centered so they know to honor patients’ wishes.
How has the coach training helped you be more at peace when a patient or survivor makes a choice that you wouldn’t personally necessarily feel is in their best interest such as avoiding preventative scans?
As a trained coach, I tend to notice patterns more than I did, perhaps, in the past. I no longer see them as coincidences. Instead I look to see what opportunity the pattern may be calling for my attention.
Recently, I’ve come across a number of my followers in Social Media who have shared openly as cancer survivors that they are choosing to take a pass on the recommended follow up tests and scans that typically become part of the landscape of survivorship. I decided to check in with Tracy Whitworth, CTCA AZ’s Survivorship Care Coordinator we’ve been following on her journey through coach training with iPEC, to see what she could share with my readers on this topic.
The weekend is over and Monday is here again. When I was first starting my coaching business, Mondays were often my most challenging days. They were the days when the ‘can I do this’ questions tended to pop into my head. Those are old conversations for me now and most days the challenge is not…
Been holding back in life? Falling short of the level of success you know you’re capable of? Not quite ready to make your next move? Watch this video and then ask yourself again,
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She stood out like a yellow rose against the beige backdrop of the waiting room. Dressed more for the derby than an oncology appointment, the woman, whose name I would never know, looked out with large, dark doe eyes from under the wide brim of her floppy sunshine colored hat. Over-sized pearls the size of a Robin’s eggs circled her neck. But it was the shoes that compelled me to speak.
“Those would look great on a Tango floor,” I shared, pointing at the flowered stilettos with four inch heels. Her smile broke the demure posture she’d been holding as she reached back into a memory of when she used to dance. Before cancer. We talked about how much she loved the dance and how long it took her to finally drag her husband to classes. Just before she was diagnosed. Just before “the wheels fell off” as she put it.
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September 11th will long be a day that carries meaning here in the United States. Until 2001, it was just another day of the month. But that year, just four months after losing my husband to cancer, the towers came tumbling down. What had seemed to be an isolated time of grieving my own singular loss transformed into a period of national mourning.
It is important to honor our losses and give ourselves time to heal. It is also important to remember and honor those whose lives ended that day and all the lives that were forever changed when their loved ones did not come home. However, in time healing comes not just from remembering but from doing so with purpose. Finding actions we can take to make a difference in the world ~ more love, less hate, more compassion, less judgment, more joy, less fear ~ can help us turn loss into serving a purpose.