As I shared in my New Year’s post last year, “Just Say No to Re-Solutions,” I’m not a big fan of resolutions. They fall into thinking similar to hope, trying and wishing for things to be different than they are currently. Particularly when people are struggling through the expectations and perceptions of what the holidays “should” be…Details
Tracy, it’s hard to believe that you’re just weeks away from heading off to your final training module with iPEC and that by February you’ll be a fully certified professional coach. As we head into the holidays, what are three tips you have for survivors? This time of year the air is full of excitement…Details
I vaguely recall hearing the term palliative care somewhere along the continuum of Gary’s cancer treatment. I distinctly remember breathing an inward sigh of relief that he hadn’t, to that point, required it because that would have meant we were in a hospice situation with little possibility of a good outcome in sight. Had I…Details
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…Details
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?Details
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?Details
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.Details
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…Details