For women healing from breast cancer surgery, there may be no one who understands their state of mind better than Karen Bierwagen, the lead mastectomy fitter at Shine, the retail store in South Lake Union operated by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
Caroline Wright had just submitted the manuscript for her third cookbook when she started to feel strange. She was headachy and spacy, finding it hard to focus. At age 32, she chalked it up to the exhaustion inherent in churning out the cookbook, overseeing a house remodel and mothering her two young boys, but when she continued to feel lost – sometimes she wouldn’t know where she was – she went to see her doctor.
In Uganda, nursing degrees focus on midwifery. The concept of an oncology nurse doesn’t really exist; there is little specialized training.
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s Kathleen Shannon Dorcy and Arlyce Coumar want to change that.
How do you thank someone for saving your life? Ellen Nottingham has had two years to ponder that question.
Diagnosed in the spring of 2016 with acute myeloid leukemia at a large hospital in Seattle, Nottingham was told by a team of three doctors that she had two weeks to live. One of them remained in the room after the other two left and offered a different option, saying quietly, “You could go to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and see if they have a clinical trial you could join.”