When I moved to the U.S., I took a job as a patient liaison in a hospital. I had the opportunity to talk with people during really critical times, while they waited for a loved one to undergo a procedure or recover from surgery. Through this experience, I discovered my passion for the field of medicine, but I wanted more than my position at the time could offer; I realized I wanted to actually participate in patient care and help families make health decisions. Now, as an advanced registered nurse practitioner, I care for patients who have plasma cell diseases such as multiple myeloma. Working with people who have cancer, listening to their hopes, dreams and frustrations, has shaped me in so many ways, both professionally and personally. It’s rewarding to be a part of patients’ lives, forming bonds with them that last for years.
Patients seem to appreciate my warm personality and my holistic approach to care. Whether you have a medical issue or a personal issue to discuss, I am here to listen without judgment, offer support and uplift your spirit. Teamwork is important in cancer care; I see patients and their families as the epicenter of the team. Your values and beliefs inform everything that we do.
Plasma cell diseases, blood disorders
I specialize in the care of patients with plasma cell diseases, such as multiple myeloma and amyloidosis. These diseases arise when white blood cells, which are vital to a healthy immune system, become malignant. Before joining SCCA as an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP), I worked as a bedside nurse in hematology and oncology for 10 years. Throughout my nursing career, I have always been fascinated with new discoveries in cancer care, particularly in my area of practice. It’s exciting to witness treatment options for plasma cell diseases continually evolve and to share these advances with my patients.
Plasma Cell Disorders
University of Texas at Arlington
Family Nurse Practitioner, 2017, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
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