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Spotlight on Tracy Rode: Director of Client Services

By PearlPoint Nutrition Services September 5, 2013Pearls of Wisdom Blog

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of this month we are shining the spotlight on Tracy Rode, a thyroid cancer survivor and PearlPoint’s Director of Client Services. Tracy’s survivorship provides a unique perspective and special understanding of our clients. She brings boundless passion and energy to her role and we are proud to have her on our team!

Question: What do you find most gratifying about your work at PearlPoint?

Tracy: We are willing and able to be a resource for those who don’t know where else to turn, whether it’s a newly diagnosed patient, a frazzled caregiver, or a healthcare provider who lacks just the right resource to answer a patient’s question. It means a lot to me that we never turn anyone away without trying to help as much as we can.

Question: What about working with those impacted by cancer led you to PearlPoint?

Tracy: I had always been passionate about and active in cancer nonprofits, but my own diagnosis clarified a career path for me that I’d put into the “what I’d REALLY like to do is . . . ” file. I wanted to work for an organization that recognizes how powerful information is to someone who’s facing cancer. PearlPoint truly gets that.

Question: September is Thyroid Cancer Survivor Month; as a survivor what piece of advice would you share with those just diagnosed?

Tracy: First and foremost, know that every individual’s experience with cancer is completely unique; don’t weigh your cancer against someone else’s. Let yourself feel the emotions associated with a new diagnosis, then find ways to use cancer as a catalyst for positive change. Learn to say, “Yes, thank you, I’d appreciate a casserole,” or to ask for specific help.

Question: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your life?

Tracy: I’ve learned that there’s humor and joy in almost every situation, if you let yourself be open to finding it.

PearlPoint Cancer Support Staff

Author PearlPoint Cancer Support Staff

PearlPoint Nutrition Services is a program of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

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