Bridging the Gap: Cancer Treatment Centers of America® in Phoenix Takes the Lead in Innovative Survivorship Care
In my work as a cancer survivorship coach, a common theme emerged early on. Over and over again, survivors share their experience of the terrifying transition from end of treatment. While their care teams, family and friends gather around to celebrate, ring bells and complete other rituals, survivors often feel conflicted…grateful to end treatment but fearful over what life will look like moving forward.
Commonly, the metaphor survivors choose to describe this moment is that it is like being walked up to the edge of a cliff and being pointed toward a beautiful horizon on the other side of a bottomless chasm without any bridge in sight. All they see is a 1,000-foot drop below.
Last year, history was made. A bridge is under construction at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Phoenix to help their survivors create a path to recreate what’s next so they can more consciously design their life after being diagnosed with cancer.