As a long-time oncology nurse who now works in hospice, I have been looking forward to Joe Simone's columns in Oncology Times for longer than I can remember. I am motivated to write for the first time about them to thank him for the wonderful advice for “a more fulfilling and enjoyable life.”
I have been keeping a journal for almost 40 years, as well as reading (and writing) poetry for at least as long, and am convinced of the good sense that advice brings.
One small anecdote related to that: My son, who recently finished his first year of medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, returned from six weeks of helping in a small town's clinic in Guatemala. After a few hours of sleep, he opened a small notebook at the breakfast table and began to read aloud from his journal notes about the experience. He also raided my bookshelf for two volumes of Neruda's poems. I was pleased to realize that despite his hectic schedule, he appears to have integrated those two bits of advice into his life.
Ann Lederer, RN, OCN, CHPN
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