Having been a social worker for over 30 years, Susan Clements is in a unique position to make the most of her talents. Having lost her parents and husband to cancer puts her in a unique position to make the most of her empathy.
As care coordinator at Washington’s Olympic Medical Cancer Center, Susan meets with every patient. After diagnosing them, she informs them of available resources and ensures the resources meet their needs. Often knowing what their needs are firsthand, she not only provides financial and health resources but also conducts grief and chemotherapy counseling.
Susan also supervises the hospital’s support group, 70% of whom are breast cancer survivors. She understands the value of disparate perspectives and invites speakers to discuss anything from Eastern practices to Western treatment. In order to further her knowledge, she also regularly attends health fairs and other community events where she distributes literature on early detection.
Recognizing our talents is a skill. Recognizing where they’ll do the most good is awareness. Susan Clements is aware year-round, and that’s why Yoplait and the American Cancer Society have chosen to support her in her work. Susan’s story invites each of us to examine our own talents and whom they benefit. When it comes to breast cancer, there’s always something to be done and each of us can do something.
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Erin - Getting uninsured women the support they need.
Nancy – Preaching the importance of early detection.
Heather – Helping families focus on recovery.
Dawn – A one-woman powerhouse in the Race Against breast cancer.
Arlene - Meeting great need.
Janice – Helping patients pay it forward.
Nora – Helping patients through education.
Susan - Always aware.