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waiting-ms-webby Stephanie Stern, LCSW-C

Have you ever experienced long waits to see your doctor? You get to the office on time for your appointment (and often 10-15 minutes early for check-in as requested) only to have to wait…and wait. We’re often sitting in the waiting room wondering how much time to let go by before we can ask the person at the front desk, “How much longer will I have to wait?” What happens when you’re in the examining room waiting (wearing a gown and feeling vulnerable) for long periods of time? It can feel as though we’re invisible and that our time is not as important as the doctors. Many times we’re waiting to hear results from tests/scans…we’re likely feeling worried and even scared.

What do you do when you have to wait? What feelings come up when you’re in this situation? Do you share your frustrations with the doctor/nurse/healthcare team or do you keep it to yourself? It’s not uncommon to keep quiet. Having a conversation about something “unpleasant” takes energy and time…which we don’t always have…and fear of upsetting the person/people who are “caring” for us can feel unsettling.

I look forward to hearing your experiences and thoughts.

Warmly,

Stephanie


Stephanie Stern, LCSW-C is an oncology social worker and the moderator of The MetaCancer Foundation’s Mosaic Online Support Community.

The MetaCancer Foundation provides information and resources focused on the unique psychological and emotional aspects of living with metastatic cancer. Mosaic is a free online support service for people living with metastatic cancer and their loved ones.

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Mosaic1by Stephanie Stern, LCSW-C

Welcome!

For those of you who are unsure about an online community, you are in good company. I am not on Facebook or a social media person. But, I do believe in the power of communication; of talking; of not feeling so alone. I believe in community and I know that connecting with others can be amazing.

You are not alone. There are other people who get it, who get you and where you are. Even though our stories or situations may be unique, they are special and important, and we can learn so much from each other.

I also know that it’s not always easy to meet face-to-face…it is great when we can, but there are many reasons why we may not be able to do this. With this online community:

  1. You get a place to be you.
  2. You get a place to express yourself when you want to. You don’t need to wait for a particular time to share.
  3. You can connect from the convenience of your home, office, hospital room… or wherever you are.
  4. You can share, laugh, cry, scream… feel what you need to feel.
  5. You can connect with others without having to travel which is especially helpful when you’re not feeling well or you’re too busy to get somewhere.
  6. A level of comfort, knowing that this group is professionally moderated by yours truly.

And who am I?  For those of you who don’t know me, probably many of you, my name is Stephanie. I am an oncology social worker with 20 years of experience. I run in-person support groups, for people living with cancer and their caregivers, in my community. I am in awe of all of the members of my groups – for what they are willing to share and how they take care of themselves by reaching out for support. I am new to this social media world, but I know there is a lot of potential here, and I believe we can really help each other. I will work hard to create a safe and productive space for all of you. I will moderate these conversations. I will try to help facilitate your interactions with periodic posts like this one to encourage you to share. I hope you will join us.  Please let me if you have thoughts, hopes and/or concerns for this space.

I know some of you may not be comfortable sharing, right away or ever. That’s okay too. You can come here and see what others are feeling, thinking, doing. And who knows, maybe you will be inspired too. That is my hope.

People need to get their feelings out. Here is one place you can feel free to do that, to let it all hang out.

I’m in, I hope you are too.

Warmly,

Stephanie

Stephanie Stern, LCSW-C is an oncology social worker and the moderator of The MetaCancer Foundation’s Mosaic Online Support Community.

The MetaCancer Foundation provides information and resources focused on the unique psychological and emotional aspects of living with metastatic cancer. Mosaic is a free online support service for people living with metastatic cancer and their loved ones.

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