I have had a few people close to me with cancer, and all have said the same thing: Having someone in their corner who listened to what they needed was the most important part of the process.
It’s essential to manage the physical symptoms of cancer and the treatments associated with it, but also the emotional toll it can take. Cancer can have twists and turns that, at times, can be quite unexpected. I think it’s important to be a trusted person who will listen and support patients in a way that is meaningful to them.
My practice has changed over the years, and I continue to grow as a provider, but I always remember what patients have shared with me and try to be that person for them.
I remember working with someone who really took time to reflect on what was important to him and his family after being diagnosed with cancer at a young age. Even though he had his own struggles with his treatment, he spent a great deal of time observing what was going on around him and found several ways that he was able to help others. He even went as far as purchasing gifts for other patients’ children. He was truly inspirational and a reminder that goodness can arise out of even the most challenging experiences.
Area of Clinical Practice
Medical oncology, hematology
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner who sees patients at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center - Peninsula.
I enjoy the complexity of medical oncology and the evolving nature of treating cancer. I greatly value the relationships I get to build with my patients.
Our mission is to provide patients with the highest quality, personalized care closer to home. As part of Fred Hutch, our community oncologists offer patients multidisciplinary tumor board opinions, clinical trials and expertise in treating a variety of cancers.
University of Washington, Tacoma
Family Nurse Practitioner, 2017, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
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