Tuesday, August 31, 2010

For those of you who know me at all, you know that I absolutely love my job. I work at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. My title is Patient Navigation Coordinator. The patient navigation program is "my baby." Navigators are volunteers who are professionals in the cancer field, either by being a social worker, nurse or other "professional" or by being a cancer survivor, far enough out from treatment to be able to help patients jut beginning their journey.

My job as the coordinator is to connect navigators with recently diagnosed patients. The navigators help these patients get connected to resources to help them as they begin this new journey. I love this program; and I believe in this program. A diagnosis of cancer turns your world upside down and this program helps patients get going in the right direction.

I think it is very important that my navigators have the best training to help our patients. I try to make our trainings both education and fun. This evening we went on a field trip. I became acquainted with Marlene, the owner of Hollywood Hair, when I was interning in a cancer center last year. I arranged for my navigators to visit Marlene's shop and see what a patient experiences when visiting a wig shop for the first time. First, we got a lesson in wigs, types, prices and care. We learned about scarves and wraps too. Then we had the opportunity to try on some wigs. We really did have a blast. Below, are two of my navigators, Pakou and Debbie and me.

So, now I need your help. I am looking for a new hairstyle.
So let know if any of these works for me...

Flash forward... We all decided to try on grey wigs
and see how we might look in about 30 years, lol.
Not too bad, if I do say so myself, lol.


Aimee said...

How FUN!! And what a great idea for the navigators to get to know the wig shop experience. I like you in grey!

Joy For Your Journey said...

What a great job you have!! My DIL's brother died of lymphoma and my husband's brother has multiple myloma. Being able to help people in such a trying time must be difficult but also rewarding. How wonderful for those affected to have you.