Using Group Therapy as a Learning Experience for Patients With Cancer

Extraordinary Healer®, Extraordinary Healer® Vol. 15, Volume 15,

A patient with cancer recalls his experience with group therapy started by a nurse that helped him learn more not only from her but from others in similar situations.

Michelle Radke, RN, is not considered an oncology nurse, but she works with cancer patients every day including myself. She has a group therapy class for patients with cancer for over 20 years. We meet once a month, although not now because of COVID-19. She now has Zoom meetings until we can get back to our regular meetings, which we really need. The meetings have helped many of us because we learn a lot and have a great time. We try to embarrass her at the meetings, but that’s pretty much impossible because she has heard it all. Michelle has a lot of compassion and understanding of the different paths to cancer recovery. This is short but pretty well sums it up about Michelle.

Editor’s Note: This is an essay submitted by Michael Urban for the 2021 Extraordinary Healer Award. Click here to read more about CURE®’s Extraordinary Healer® Award for Oncology Nursing event on April 30, 2021.

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