Caregivers and those diagnosed with cancer cannot afford to sit on the fence. Can you?
More than five years after entrusting my breast physician with my health, he retired leaving all of his patients behind. Normally, one’s retirement should be worth celebrating. But at his order when he left, there was no advance notification, no informative letter ensuring a continuity of care…just a vague message on the voicemail that the office was…
On March 22nd and 23rd, a group of influential and committed health bloggers and cancer advocates entered the doors of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Western Regional Center in Goodyear, Arizona into a lobby literally built on hope.
We came together for their second annual CTCA AZ Blogger Summit to learn from their expert teams about their innovative approach to cancer treatment and care. It was also an opportunity to serve as advocates by generating questions and getting the information back to our communities through social media efforts.
During our tour, we learned that patients, family members and staff had written messages of hope during construction and these were sealed beneath the lobby floor. The entire center was built to match the feedback of patients, their families and staff. Sitting areas in the lobby are fashioned to be like a comfortable living room, complete with a fireplace to add to the cozy feel. While it is airy, it is also understated relative to many other treatment centers which patients reported as being cold and impersonal.
For those of us who are truly passionate about our work, at some point, there is no real separation between what we do and who we are. Our values, goals, passion and commitment are in alignment with the life’s work we choose. Alison discovered her niche at a young age and is already making significant…
In my last blog post, we explored the topic of advocacy. Today I have the honor of featuring a representative from the next generation of cancer advocates. While search for cancer cures remains a major priority, there is an evolution occurring in the cancer conversation where a stronger emphasis is finally being placed on prevention…
Helping my clients to generate skills and strengths in self-advocacy is a consistent part of the coaching conversation and support I provide to them in our work together. As present as the concept of advocacy is in my daily work with cancer survivors and caregivers, I was not fully aware of how I also wear the mantel of advocacy for survivors until I attended the UICC World Cancer Congress in August 2012.
I was there to present the eposter I created with my co-founders of the Cancer Survivorship Coaching Coalition on the impact of coaching for people facing challenges in survivorship.
Being trained as a coach and living the model is the major key to my success story of overcoming grief related depression and learning to love life again after losing my husband to cancer. I was at the conference on a mission to share the profound impact and outcomes I witness in my work applying life coaching to so many of the survivorship challenges that significantly impact quality of life. But, I didn’t see myself as an advocate…yet.
We have the right to know what is going on with our health. We need to know certain things to be able to make informed choices. But the degree to which we wish to know the “facts” should also be a choice.