This webcast will briefly explore the impact of a cancer diagnosis - both on the individual and family. Additionally, the non-medical implications following a diagnosis will be addressed and further highlight the challenges in moving forward and finding a "new normal."
C. Elizabeth Dougherty is a social worker and educator with extensive experience supporting children, youth and adults facing serious illness, uncertainty and grief. After specializing in Palliative Care at the largest cancer treatment centre in Canada, she started a community-based practice supporting individuals and families of all ages facing illness, loss and grief. Elizabeth is honoured to be a Partner with the Children and Youth Grief Network and an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Palliative Care at McMaster University.
Aviva Rubin is a Toronto-based freelance writer of essay, memoir, social commentary and fiction. She’s a cancer survivor, single mom of two boys and patient advocate. Her writing explores the intersections where trauma, pain and anxiety collide, unexpectedly creating joy, hilarity, possibility and connection. The resulting shared human experience is where she believes hope lies. Her writing has been published in The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, The Toronto Star, Chatelaine, Toronto Life, and a numberof anthologies. She’s the author of the memoir Lost and Found in Lymphomaland that documents her harrowing, hilarious, boring and scary trip into the world of cancer.