Teaching is my passion. For over 15 years I have mentored teenagers, taught about cancer basics to lay-persons, church members, medical students, residents and non-oncology medical staff. Yes, of course, patients too. You can learn as well – It’s been Simplified!
Greetings and thank you for stopping by! I am a board certified Oncologist (Cancer Doctor) who, like many of my colleagues, take fighting cancer very, very seriously. It is my strongest belief that patients are more likely to make the best decision regarding cancer treatments, if they understand the basics of cancer. This is an area where much work needs to be done ...
WHY DID YOU BEGIN SERVING, OR ADVOCATING FOR PATIENTS?
My heart for serving began in my childhood days, growing up in the Caribbean. Once high school requirements were completed, I immigrated to the USA and shortly thereafter Enlisted in the military (good ‘ole days;). Using the GI Bill as a cushion, college was in sight, after which my service as an Officer ensued. I began teaching about the basics of cancer while in oncology residency training in Chicago, IL starting in 2004, to promote advocacy and awareness and address the health disparity in cancer. There was a great need. Many were not receiving life saving treatments for early stage cancers, because the fear was too great and the many myths that permeate the society was too strong. Unfortunately, these cancers then progress beyond control and ultimately led to a demise that could have been prevented (or at least delayed).
Much of my introductory work was done while serving on church’s Health Ministry in Chicago and later in San Antonio, TX as well. When my practice took me to the Washington DC area, I had the pleasure of working with an excellent team to start the Cancer Care Ministry at a local mega-Church and served as the president for several years. Concurrently, my service continued at Walter Reed in DC and then to the new Walter Reed in Bethesda, MD; it was a distinct honor to serve our nation’s finest at these medical centers. My military service may have ended, but military Veterans and my Caribbean “family” will always have a special place in my heart.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BLOG?
My blogging began in 2012 and was a platform to promote advocacy, cancer education and cancer awareness with a much greater reach. Though clinical work and other commitments took me away for a couple years, it was time for a fresh start after relocating in 2019. As such, partnering with Questions 4 Cancer Doctors was natural as they primarily focus on the patient newly diagnosed with cancer. The cancer courses are on a video-rich platform, which patients and caregivers find visually appealing and very useful in understanding the difficult concepts of cancer. They did the heavy lifting for the patient and much can be learned in less than 2 hours on prostate, breast and lung cancer. These blogs will be an added value benefit to cover the other cancers for which packages may not be readily available.
If you have been touched by cancer (diagnosed with cancer, or have a love one, friend, or colleague newly diagnosed) we hope these blogs and Questions 4 Cancer Doctors Courses are helpful to you. Again, thank you for stopping by and God’s speed on your journey!
Ipsa Scientia Potestas est ——— Knowledge itself is power!
Queen, Your Family Friendly Cancer Doc!