Atwood shares uplifting list for those with cancer

(NEWS CENTER) -- Diane Atwood of introduced the Morning Report to man she calls remarkable, Dr. Joe Semmes. He was an emergency medicine physician at Mercy Hospital and director of research at True North Health Center.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1996 at the age of 46. Atwood said Semmes has a rare and often curable type of pancreatic cancer. He describes his life since his diagnosis as "dancing the dance with cancer." When Atwood first got to know him a little over two years ago, he wasn't sure he was going to make it. Despite his fears, he came up with a top ten list for seriously ill cancer patients to help them get through the treatment. Atwood said she believes he follows his own advice.

Part of the Top 10 List

- Market yourself

- You want your care providers to connect with you human to human - to know your story, not just your disease process.

- Learn a little about their stories as well.

- Wear clean clothes - a hospital gown not only looks pitiful, it feels pitiful.

- Make eye contact.

- Learn the names of everyone involved in your care.

Atwood has the complete list on her blog as well as a video about Semmes. Two other NEWS CENTER alumni produced the video as a gift to Joe and the Cancer Community Center.


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