By Angela Johnson
In early June 2010, we were contacted by the Web managing editor at Rush about a great opportunity to create a video to educate people about the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program. For a few days, graduate students from the Medill School of Journalism set up shop in the office, creatively utilized our small office spaces, and interviewed staff and patients to learn first-hand what the program was all about. After some helpful feedback and edits, we now have a great story to share — on YouTube! Our team was grateful for this opportunity, and we thank our patients who donated their time to share their stories.
What we learned in this process is that patients are truly interested in sharing their stories. They want other people, who are going through their own journey with cancer or other chronic illnesses, to know that services like ours can sometimes be the key to “carry them through” the difficulties of managing a chronic illness. It is our hope that this video provides people with a greater understanding of our program, and is a source of inspiration to know that Rush has a dedicated group of integrative medicine practitioners who are here to help carry patients through their own personal journeys with illness, and gently move them into a place of healing.
If you would like to know more about the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program, please call (312) 563-2531.
Angela Johnson, MSTOM, Dipl OM, MPH, LAc, is a nationally board-certified diplomate of Oriental medicine at Rush University Medical Center and a member of the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program staff.