Susan Sayles: Nurse-survivor inspires Healthy Survivorship

After being a nurse for 22 years and an oncology nurse for 12, Susan Sayles, MS, RN, OCN, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Since completing her treatment, she’s been encouraging other breast cancer patients as the manager of the Cvetko Patient Resource Center at the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas. 

Five quotes from her 2-minute video highlight key aspects of Healthy Survivorship:

  • Wonderful people walked alongside me….

  • Here’s a crossroad…what are you going to do with it?

  • Will you take care of yourself? And when that answer is “yes,” you do the best job you can.

  • We don’t heal just because we have medicine.

  • There is some part of us that is whole…that is not diseased…that does not have a label to it. It is who we are at our core.

Thank you for your healing work, nurse Susan Sayles.

Beautiful Crutches

I must have been quite a sight, hobbling from display to display on crutches while taking my med-school anatomy final. I remember thinking how much I hated those crutches. Almost forty years later, I rely on a variety of crutches to manage aftereffects of past cancer therapies and (how great to write this) the effects of aging. I love each and every crutch.

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