Several years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer and went through chemotherapy. Every day for weeks, I sat in an infusion room with five other women. Even though we were diagnosed with the same disease and receiving the same drug regimen, our experiences with cancer were vastly different — physically, emotionally and mentally. That’s an understanding that I carry with me into my current practice. There’s not one “right” way to feel about having cancer or to approach the challenges it presents. I make the commitment to listen to each patient and be an authentic partner throughout every phase of cancer diagnosis and treatment.
There was a patient with cancer that I had been taking care of for a few years. Her cancer had been under control, but then, unfortunately, it started to progress. At the time, her daughter was living abroad, and my patient wanted to visit her while she still could. It took some outside-the-box thinking to make this happen, because she was experiencing serious health complications as a result of her cancer and the treatments she was undergoing. But we made some adjustments to her care and got her on a good medication routine. Ultimately, she was able to make the trip, and the experience was profoundly meaningful for both her and her daughter. Although I’m not able to cure every patient, what I can do is help you have the best day possible, whether that means addressing a difficult side effect or helping you connect with the ones you love.
I am a board-certified physician assistant with more than 20 years of experience. My career in medicine has spanned a variety of specialties including midwifery, family practice and gynecologic oncology. At Fred Hutch, I care for patients with sarcoma, malignant tumors that affect bones and soft tissues like muscle. Living with a cancer diagnosis, regardless of the type of disease, is a complex life experience. Our visits together aren’t over until your questions have been answered and you have the information you need to make decisions about your care and your future.
Colorado State University
Western University of Health Sciences
Physician Assistant, 2000, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
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