My name is Amanda, and I am a Program Manager for Cancer Programming at Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Center. I am also a cancer survivor and a patient at the Taussig Cancer Center. I’ve worked in cancer care for 11 years, but during the last six I’ve been diagnosed with cancer three times. About six years ago, I was 27 years old and I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2017, a routine scan showed I had metastatic breast cancer that traveled to my liver.
Becoming a patient myself has made me a better caregiver to serve others at Cleveland Clinic. Through my own diagnosis, I have been able to bring deeper insights and compassion to the work we do every day with our patients. While receiving care at Cleveland Clinic, I kept thinking about how lucky I was to work here and how thankful I was to have some basic health knowledge. I felt comfortable navigating my care and I also had a support system that helped me through the tough times. Working as a caregiver at Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Center, I know that not every cancer patient is as fortunate as I am to have these support systems. Through this campaign, I want to ensure that every patient who walks through our doors feels supported in the same ways that I did, and understands that they are not alone in this fight against cancer.
Patient support services at Cleveland Clinic are critical to many of our patients and are entirely funded by philanthropy. Cancer is a physical, emotional, mental, and financial burden on our patients and their families. With your help we can work to lessen the burden by providing support services that go beyond the medical needs of patients and address their emotional, mental and financial needs. Please join me in supporting cancer patients at Cleveland Clinic by making a pledge to our campaign and ultimately helping someone else in their fight against cancer.