A Message From Our Chief Medical Consultant
The only thing certain in life is change. Your life has been drastically changed by cancer. You or your loved one is facing cancer treatment, and the certainty is there will be lifestyle and physical changes that will occur during treatment and recovery. Your healthcare team will work hard to support your health through the weeks or months ahead of cancer treatment. Suite HOPE is here to support you through the physical and emotional changes that will occur on your journey. As an oncologist who has been taking care of women with gynecologic cancers more than 17 years, I have seen the impact that a positive attitude has on minimizing side effects and maximizing cancer survival. Putting your best face forward is important and Suite HOPE will help you do just that. You will find support and education on how to look and feel your best from experts in the field and from women going through their own personal cancer journey. I am thrilled to be part of this important program. Jeanna is passionate about making life better for women battling cancer. As an oncologist, my team prioritizes the medical care plan to conquer cancer. Suite HOPE prioritizes the personal care plan to fight the disease with dignity and beauty. We hope you find this site invaluable for your personal enrichment during a challenging journey. I wish you the best through your journey. Each day is a blessing. Although you can't control your cancer, you can control how you face each day.
Carolyn Muller, MD
A Message From Our Oncology Nurse Education Consultant
Welcome to Suite HOPE! Whether you are a patient, a friend or family member who has a loved one with cancer, you will find Suite HOPE to be a unique and needed tool in your journey. The diagnosis of cancer is transformative - often patients can remember the exact moment they got their diagnosis. There can be a sharp division in their life before the diagnosis and their life after. Unfortunately, cancer can take a lot of things from you - and can drastically change your identity. Fortunately, you are way more than your diagnosis and there are tremendous tools available to help you cope with the "after."
As an oncology nurse with more than 20 years of experience, I have seen how the diagnosis of cancer and its treatment can impact one's quality of life. I strongly believe in arming yourself in every way possible to effectively cope with this process. Thankfully, there are talented and knowledgeable individuals who are committed to helping you! Of course, the members of your healthcare team are experts in treating cancer and mitigating the serious physical side effects. And now with Suite HOPE, you have access to empower yourself on how to address some of those changes in your appearance - including hair loss and skin changes.
So, wherever you are in your journey - just diagnosed, undergoing treatment, or completed treatment - the tools that Suite HOPE can provide you are so valuable to help you regain your identity as a powerful and vibrant woman. I wish you all the best, and I know that the knowledge you gain from Suite HOPE will be a valuable and effective resource!
Kathy Maddocks, RN, MSN, OCN
Oncology Nurse Consultant