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Sharing her Sarcoma Journey with UMN Medical Students

Sarina Morrison at the University of Minnesota Medical School

There wasn’t a sound in the auditorium as Sarina Morrison shared the story of her sarcoma journey with 70+ first-year medical students at the University of Minnesota. In her eloquent presentation, Sarina opened by reading the message she wrote on her CaringBridge site after her last dose of chemotherapy. “It has been a long hard road, and it is a great relief to finally be able to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I would not say cancer was a blessing but I can say that I have experienced many blessings since being diagnosed with cancer.”

Sarina said her feelings about those blessings have changed from the time she wrote the entry. She now believes the accurate diagnosis of sarcoma itself was a blessing and the reason she’s alive today. She was blessed with a physician who recognized the urgency and seriousness of her signs and symptoms, an early diagnosis and successful treatment.

Sarina shared what her life was like before, during and after the diagnosis of sarcoma. While the months of treatment and recovery were extremely difficult, Sarina said she is thankful for what she has learned and for those who were there for her along the way.

During the 20 minutes of questioning that followed, attendees asked her to explain further. Sarina said she has learned to appreciate the simple things in life. She is very grateful to physicians who gave her time to absorb and understand new information, to her employer who supported her throughout her treatment, and to family and friends for “just being there” with unconditional love and caring.

Naomi Bowman – Health Programs Coordinator

 

Rein in Sarcoma Welcomes

Naomi Bowman

Health Programs Coordinator

Naomi Bowman - Health Programs Coordinator

Rein in Sarcoma is very pleased to have our first part-time professional Health Programs Coordinator. The search committee, made up of members of the Red Flags Committee, the Talent and Resource Committee and Executive Director Janelle Calhoun, read many applications and interviewed great candidates. We welcomed Naomi Bowman at the end of May.

Naomi brings to our education programs a wide variety of medical and education experience, including various roles with hospitals and healthcare systems. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science, Vocational Teacher Education Sequence Certificate, and a three-year Nursing diploma.

We are looking forward to Naomi helping us expand Rein in Sarcoma’s educational impact as she works with the Red Flags Education Committee on programs including the Sarcoma Scholars, presentations and materials for medical professionals, and the Hallie Anne Brown Educational initiative.

Upon her acceptance Naomi said, “I'm very honored to join you on the journey of fulfilling Rein in Sarcoma's mission. My background in nursing and experiences in education have opened the door to many unique and wonderful opportunities in my career. I've always worked in some aspect of health care and feel blessed to now use my skills and knowledge in this new role. I'm looking forward to meeting and working with all of you in the near future."

You can reach Naomi at 1-844-727-2662 ext. 5 or healthcoordinator@reininsarcoma.org.

Welcome Naomi!

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