“Touch has a memory.”
PHEW! I intended to shoot an After [the] Blab segment in response to our 3/6/16 #CancerBlab, Single with Cancer, on Monday; however, the daily kicked in Monday morning [and] the To-Do[s] gave way to the Must-Do[s]. It happens, right?
Our guest was Tracy Maxwell, @TracyMax, author of Being Single, with Cancer [and] my, oh my, we had an excellent discussion. From social isolation [and] emotional wellbeing to identifying needs [and] accepting help. I think it’s fair to say it’s a must watch replay.
In her book, Tracy writes about the importance of touch [and] how compassionate touch seemed to drop out of her life after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. People were afraid to touch her for whatever reason.
This loss, and it is a loss, puzzled me. In fact, it was foreign to me as this is something that I did not experience when I had Ewing’s Sarcoma. So, what was the critical difference between mine and Tracy’s lived experiences with cancer?
Here it is: I was a child with cancer.
We hug our children; we hold their hands; we snuggle up with them on the couch; we place a gentle hand on them as they persevere through the nausea and vomiting; we kiss their cheeks [and] wipe their tears. We touch our children.
Touch has memory [and] they will never forget it.
My question to you is why do we not touch adults?
I’d love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email at email@example.com.
She has been a cancer patient, survivor, heart transplant recipient and documentary film producer.
As a child, she was successfully treated for Ewing’s Sarcoma. Her experience led her to become a nurse serving the physical, psychosocial, and educational needs of children, adolescents, and their families along the cancer trajectory.
Stephanie holds a B.A. in Psychology from Furman University, and a B.S., and M.S in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Florida. At Dartmouth, Stephanie helped establish the Survivorship Clinic with Eric Larsen, MD and Sara Chaffee, MD. This clinic provided ongoing personal support and education for childhood cancer survivors and their families.
In April 2008, Stephanie’s heart failed as a result of the radiation and Doxorubicin used to cure her Ewing’s Sarcoma as a child. She received a heart transplant at the Cleveland Clinic.
As a result of this experience, she co-produced an award winning documentary ‘Resilient: the Story of Late Effects of Cancer Treatment’, highlighting the challenges faced by survivors, families, and friends.
Stephanie resides in the metro Atlanta area with her husband and their 12-year-old-son. The Zimmermans enjoy everything from Formula One Racing and college & NFL football to go carting, ziplining, and cycling.
Please feel free to contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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