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 and anticipation for the festivities to come. For most, it started with gearing up for Thanksgiving Holiday, the planning of meals and spending time with family and friends. Christmas begins to emerge ever so quickly around the corner and arrives with the expectation of continued excitement and joy of spending it with those that are important to you. New Year’s comes on the heels of Christmas and with that it brings reflection of the year that is to pass and what is to come.
For our patients this can present a very overwhelming time for them. It’s difficult to look at the future when you are faced with the unknown and trying to get through treatment one day at a time. One of the takeaways I would like those moving through the cancer treatment realm is being aware of how you are experiencing your treatment. If you are struggling with symptoms voice this with your care team and be your own advocate. If you remain silent how is this serving you? What is it you value and how is this being integrated into your life? It is possible to still live life as defined by your rules and not cancer while going through treatment, but it is a partnership that needs to be forged between you and your care team.
And what tips do you have for healthcare professionals?
For healthcare providers we are still working, helping to fill the gaps where resources appear to be missing and providing support to those needing it most. These are the same providers who are there to share the successes their client’s experience along with their disappointments. This can take an emotional and physical toll on them. It’s very important to be aware of our own emotions and how they are directing our actions. Are we taking time out for ourselves to regenerate? Are we carving out time for fun and enjoyment? Are we centering ourselves so we are present and showing up as who we want to be? These are some things to consider in order to avoid burnout and to continue to ignite the passions that set us on the course to being healthcare providers in the first place.
2014 is going to be an exciting year for you and for Cancer Treatment Centers of America. We’ll have more to say early next year but for now, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge you for being such an incredible leader in your field. As the first Survivorship Care Coordinator to go through our program, the way you brought so much commitment to Monday Morning applications of the tools and skills you learned during your modules while working a full time job and being a loving wife, mother, co-worker and friend to many is simply amazing.
Getting to work with you in 2013 has been an absolute joy for me and I’m so excited about what we’ll be co-creating in 2014!
It has been a true honor and joy to participate in this blog with you, Tambre. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity as the coaching process has forever change me in such a positive way!