Saturday, April 04, 2009

Hello There!

I wanted to write a little something tonight! I have been doing really well. Next month will be my 4 year marker out from Breast Cancer (knock on wood). I truely am grateful and amazed that I am here. I haven't written much about my job...but it is something that is so rewarding to me.

I work for my Oncology office as a Patient Advocate helping other cancer patients. I assist them in finding outside community resources and finacial assistance while going throought cancer treatment. I also help them with the psychosocial issues of having cancer. I have worked in the mental health field for 12+ years and have survived cancer. This position has been a great opportunity to combine both experiences and give back.

It is one of those jobs you look forward to going to each day. When I feel sorry for myself or am not feeling well...I go back to infusion and talk with the patients getting chemo. It helps me keep a perspective that is so easy to lose in self pity.

I have also been asked to help with the Idaho Falls Cancer Survivor Celebration Day which is also a Run/Walk to raise money for our foundation. We are planning some exciting things I think will benifit the cancer survivors in our own community! I also get to head up the Relay for Life for our office this year. There are so many great people I work with that go above and beyond to help people in their personal struggle with cancer. They are amazing to watch. They inspire me to do better.

I have learned so much and I enjoy helping others. To give back after recieving such compassion fills my soul. And the best part is I get to be home by 3 pm to get my girls off the school bus and make cookies and do homework. I am blessed, no doubt!

20 comments:

Tricia said...

It's been so long...welcome back! Yay for your 4 year anniversary that's coming up. You have inspired and helped a lot of people. I'm one of them, and I haven't even had cancer. I can only imagine what kind of strength you give to those who are fighting that battle. Keep up your good work :)! Miss ya tons!

Sara said...

I'm glad your blog is still alive! You need to post more. It sounds like things are going well for you. I didn't know about your job. That sounds right up your alley and sounds very rewarding. Tell your cute family hi from the Oblads. :)

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Cassi Clausen said...

Congrats on 4 years! With your experience and current job, you'd make a great contributor to our new online breast cancer publication. Please email me at publisher [at] menforacausemagazine [dot] com. Thanks! Cassi

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Marjory said...

Well done on all your work on this blog. I've been doing the same kind of thing over at my own breast cancer survivor blog site.

Just like you I'm now about four years on from diagnosis and - touch wood - still going strong.

Hope you have a great year

Stay well

Marjory

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I am a 36 year old woman, married to a great guy, and together we have three beautiful daughters. I am a three and a half year breast cancer survivor. This past year I have become active in the cause of helping those who are batteling cancer!