On Friday October 9 the Ann's Place clinical team invited local therapists and licensed mental health professionals to a lunch and learn event entitled "Living With Cancer." The program was designed to give these professionals an in-depth look at the clinical work we offer at Ann's Place. It was also a great opportunity to get to know them and their areas of expertise and specialties. Our clinical volunteer, Dr. Suz Brooks, PsyD, was the keynote speaker for the event. She eloquently shared her experience of living with cancer and offered tips and suggestions for therapists to assist clients with cancer. There was a great exchange of information that ensued after the presentation. The afternoon ended with a tour of our beautiful facility.
Living long term with a cancer diagnosis
By Su Murdock, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
What’s it like to live long term with a cancer diagnosis? Ann’s Place recently held a training on this topic for the clinical and administrative staff of both Ann’s Place and Praxair Cancer Center. The training was in the form of a panel presentation with time for questions and answers. Speaking poignantly on all topics – financial, spiritual, physical, social and emotional, were Dr. Suz Brooks, Lola Hannah, Anne Murray and Chris Quirk. About 35 participants gathered to understand the day to day give and take of what it is like to live with this diagnosis. The feedback from this presentation was overwhelmingly positive. The panel discussion will be given again in the near future for the nursing staff and doctors at Praxair.