As we continue focusing on keeping ourselves and our loved ones healthy and well, this seasonal change into fall seems to have come surprisingly fast. It is amazing how quickly time seems to pass by when we are so consumed in just making our day-to-day work. For me recently, a significant part of that fleeting time has been concentrated on supporting my mom with a new medical diagnosis… breast cancer.
The news came as a complete surprise to her and to us, her family. But even so, witnessing how she has managed every aspect of the cancer label has been inspiring: the series of chemotherapy treatments, and the myriad physical and mental changes that have come with the diagnosis... not because she has made it all look easy, but because she has faced them with deep reflection, authenticity, and humor.
Intent on helping herself deal with this big life change and optimize the efforts of her medical team, my mom, a nurse of 55+ years, asked me for tools that might support her with the cancer treatments and help her feel good inside.
I’ve known my good friend, Dr. Jane Jeffrie Seley, DNP, MPH, BC-ADM, CDCES, for over 25 years. She’s a dedicated nurse, professor and researcher, a creative program innovator, and a die-hard health care advocate, provider, and counselor, who’s spent decades showing people with diabetes how to optimize their health, reduce their symptoms, and take ownership of self-care. This is my friend’s passion.
Over the years, I’ve seen her, time and again, go the extra mile (or two… or ten…) for patients and their families. She’ll literally stop what she’s doing to give whatever time, effort or advice is needed from her monsta supply of expertise. For Jane, it’s never been about the honors, positions, awards, degrees, or revenue she’s earned. It’s always about the patient – whether rich or poor, old or young, motivated or utterly dispirited, my dynamo pal Jane is all in.
Here she is, talking about guided imagery, diabetes, and some of the unique challenges encountered in Hispanic and Latinx communities.
So, I’ve been on the prowl to cadge some good stories (AKA anecdotal data) about using our guided imagery in Spanish. I put out an APB to various providers who’d been test-driving the first 5 new Spanish guided meditations in our rapidly evolving Spanish Library.