Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July.
I can finally introduce you to Leilani Grippin Karasaki R.N., B.S.N., an acute-care oncology nurse at Queens Medical Center, and one of the earlier members of our Celebration family. It took a bit to get a picture of her, it seems even though she’s absolutely gorgeous, she’s quite camera shy, but she is now posted on the website. Leilani is known throughout Hawaii as an exceptional caregiver, and in December was named by the Star-Bulletin as one of Hawaii’s ” Ten Who Made a Difference “, in recognition of people who noticeably helped bring change to Hawaii or contributed in outstanding ways. She is one of the kindest and most caring individuals you could ever meet, and will give the film a wonderful insight into cancer from the caregivers perspective. She shared something very interesting with me that I’d like to pass on. While a patient is undergoing treatment, many of the doctors, nurses, and technicians get very emotionally connected, but once the treatments are over and the patient walks out the door, they very seldom know how their lives turned out. They don’t get to see the joy of life after cancer, they just hope. So you wonderful survivors remember, from time to time, pick up the phone or drop a note to the special people that were there for you during your fight, and let them know how great you’re doing. Believe me, it will mean the world to them.
All the Best,