Jean has a lot to celebrate in her nursing career but she says that her greatest celebration was on November 16, 2011 - her one year anniversary from a bone marrow transplant for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
"From the moment I learned I had cancer, I entered a world in which nothing was ever the same. Witnessing and experiencing firsthand what my patients encounter and living with a constant awareness of my own mortality has entirely reshaped my perspective on the needs of our cancer patients," says Jean. "Personally, I could not have survived this without the incredible team of physicians, colleagues, nurses and family members who never left my side. I always knew that UNC had the best physicians and cancer team in the world, but becoming a patient enabled me to see it firsthand."
Patient navigation has taken on a whole new meaning for Jean. "I am humbled by my experience and driven by a passion to ensure that our program is making a difference for those individuals facing a cancer diagnosis, regardless of where they live."
Jean has two daughters who are both nurses at Duke. When she's not spending time with them, she enjoys cooking, entertaining, biking, running and gardening. She also loves to spend rainy days curled up on the sofa with a good book. She finds inspiration from her mentors in oncology and her patients give her the drive to continue to look for ways to make a difference in their cancer journeys.
Jean's Favorite Quote
“It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only we had.” -- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross