My oncology practice is closing its doors
Cancer equals change. There is no way to go about a cancer diagnosis any other way.
My ovarian cancer diagnosis taught me that 10 years ago and change continues to be a big part of my life.
Today I am facing a big change. My oncology practice is closing its doors. This makes an impact on my medical follow-up care. It also makes a huge impact on my career. You see I have been employed by my gyn oncology practice for almost 9 years running their patient support program.
So, I am in the midst of dreaming of what I want to do with my career. I have until May 17th to figure this out. Being a survivor who reaches out to patients, mentoring them to give them hope is when my passion rises to the top. I cannot imagine doing anything else. After all, this passion is why I am still here…ovarian cancer statistics would show otherwise.
Most medical institutions are employing patient navigators or nurse navigators these days. They all require a nursing degree. I am not medically trained nor do I care to be. My stomach flips over at the sight of needles. Besides, these navigators primarily navigate patients through the medical maze (tests, surgeries, follow-up appointments, scans, etc.) and not the emotional maze of a cancer diagnosis like I do. I help patients through the times between test results, between doctor visits, in the evening hours or on weekends when their minds wander to the places of worry and fear.
So with my employment at my oncology practice making a severe change, am I crazy to think I can continue fill my passion of helping women through their cancer diagnosis?