Safe Medication Disposal

Posted July 17th, 2019

Any expired, unwanted, or unused medicines can be disposed of in a local “take back” program or medication drop box at a police station. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in communities nationwide in the Spring and Fall. Many communities also have their own drug take back programs. […]


Medication Safety

Posted July 15th, 2019

Your doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and pharmacists work very hard to keep you healthy and safe. But you can also do your part to keep yourself healthy and safe when it comes to managing your medications! Make A List And Check It Twice Keep an up to date list of the medications you […]


Food Safety and Avoiding Foodborne Illness this Summer

Posted July 3rd, 2019

Summer is here, and that means barbeques, picnics and outdoor dining. During these events, you are likely to find many foods including fresh produce, grilled items, and unrefrigerated plates. While delicious and fun, summer dining may promote an increased risk of foodborne illness through cross contamination, improper cooking temperatures and poorly chilled foods. Food safety […]


Staying Alive…For The Cure

Posted June 27th, 2019

When I was first diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a type of blood cancer, I never thought that I would be writing a blog as a survivor! I’m writing today about how cancer sucks – however it has also opened a whole different world for me. I have met some incredible people along the way that […]


You Don’t Know the New Me

Posted June 25th, 2019

The new me came into existence almost four years ago.  The me after cancer.  The warrior.  The survivor. People I have met since THAT DAY got the new version of me.  The me that is grateful for every day of this life, and gives back.  The me that wants life more than ever, and relishes […]


Cancer Survivor’s Day/Month

Posted June 20th, 2019

I thought I’d talk a little bit about Cancer survival. I’ve always had a little trouble with calling all of us diagnosed with cancer as survivors. To me this means that you were diagnosed with some form of cancer, treated for it and it is now a part of your history. As one who has a form […]


Answering the Call of Oncology Nursing

Posted May 21st, 2019

It rained that day and snowed that day, and then the sun shone through the window of my parents’ family room, warming my dad’s lifeless face as he lay in a hospital bed finally succumbing to lung cancer. On hospice for less than a week, he had no choice but to face his mortality. During […]


My Journey Through Oncology Nursing

Posted May 16th, 2019

When I told people that I was studying nursing, the response that I received made me hold my head up higher. When I was applying to hospitals, I met a nurse manager who “sold” me on oncology. She described a world that was sad, but happy, that will make you cry tears of sorrow and […]


Beyond the Checklist

Posted May 14th, 2019

I am standing and waiting for the elevator back up to the third floor, where I work as a medical oncology nurse. I am holding my recently purchased lunch in hand, eagerly awaiting a short break where I can recharge before going back to caring for my patients. As I watch the numbers above the elevator door light up, a toddler in […]


A Silver Lining in a Cancer Diagnosis

Posted May 8th, 2019

During my first year as oncology nurse in the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine, I can recall an experience that has stuck with me over the years. One day, I was triaging patients that had arrived for their scheduled chemotherapy treatments. Despite the distractions and interruptions that the triage nursing role notoriously entails, my […]