Early on in my teaching Create to Heal class, I met a young woman, a breast cancer patient, who was reluctant to participate. She wore a very unflattering wig, her pallor gray, her demeanor depressed. She sat silently in class unwilling to engage. I thought "oh well, you can't reach and inspire everyone, Patricia; it is what it is."
In a recent class, I asked participants to choose a core value from their hospital's mission statement (respect, compassion, justice, excellence and stewardship) and write about it, while remembering the excellent care they received during their journey with cancer. Survivor Joanne Grosso picked compassion and read her piece aloud.