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Navigating Grief and End of Life Planning for AML Patients and Caregivers
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Adult AML Chapter
event Jan 24, 2024 / 12:00PM - 01:00PM EST

Event Description

Grief and planning for end of life care are some of the most difficult parts of a patient or caregivers experience with AML. In this virtual event, hosted by HealthTree for AML and the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link, we bring together 3 individuals uniquely qualified to help our AML community navigate this sensitive topic. We will hear personal stories, learn strategies for coping with difficult emotions, and share resources for those in this part of their journey with AML.

This webinar will discuss sensitive topics that may be difficult for some patients or caregivers to hear. It will be recorded and available on our website so it can be viewed at any time. There will also be time available for questions, so feel free to come prepared if you’d like to ask questions to our panel. You can also email them to mary@healthtree.org if you’d like your question answered, but won’t be in attendance live.

Schedule & Agenda

The panelist Mary Arnett
Introduction
12:00 PM
Mary Arnett

Mary Arnett, HealthTree for AML Community and Education Manager, introduces the agenda for the event and our featured panel of speakers

The panelist Katie Craddock
Presentation
12:05 PM
Katie Craddock

Katie Craddock will share from her experience and things she's learned as a caregiver who lost her spouse to cancer.

The panelist Jennifer Gillette
Presentation
12:20 PM
Jennifer Gillette

Jennifer Gillette will share from her experience as a social worker helping individuals cope with illness and sharing resources available to those patients and their families. 

The panelist Steve Hodges
Presentation
12:35 PM
Steve Hodges

Steve Hodges will share from his unique experience as an AML patient and a hospice volunteer.

The panelist Audience
Questions and Answers
12:50 PM
Audience

Type your questions in the event chat, or ask them live, and our panel will answer them!

Speakers & Moderators

The panelist Mary Arnett
Mary Arnett
Salt Lake City, UT

Mary joined HealthTree in 2022. She is now the AML & MDS Community and Education Manager. She is passionate about giving power to patients through knowledge and health education. If she can help one patient feel more confident participating in discussions with their healthcare team and making treatment decisions, she will feel like she has succeeded. When she isn't advocating for patients, she loves being an aunt, attending concerts, and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.

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The panelist Jennifer Gillette
Jennifer Gillette
Commerce, Michigan

Jennifer is the Staff Social Worker at the National Bone Marrow Transplant LINK and provides counseling at a private practice in Troy, Michigan. She is experienced in oncology, bone marrow transplantation and assisting people in coping with illness. She received her Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University. She has spent 20 years leading the psychosocial support programs for oncology over Providence Hospital and Providence Novi Hospitals. She provided private counseling, led support groups, assisted with educating patients, developed patient programming, assisted with research projects, and lead the Fellow’s Clinic, a place for people to receive cancer treatment who had no insurance and were in socioeconomic crisis. At nbmtLINK, Jennifer is available to assist with emotional support, resources, and assists with supportive programming.

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The panelist Katie Craddock
Katie Craddock
Memphis, Tennessee

Employed by Realty Title & Escrow, a title company, for 14 years. Receptionist; Precloser for Investment Buyer; and currently Regional Assistant for 10 branches. She provides the human touch to customer care needs in the office, face to face with clients and by phone to resolve uncertainties and direction when a problem arises. This is her daytime work. Currently finding rewards by working in the beginning stages of a widow's group in her church. Interfacing with staff and widows to prepare meetings and determining needs. Two successful meetings to date. Her real work....A wife of 26 years and caregiver offering hope to Mark S. Craddock for almost 10 extraordinary years. They partnered in an amazing journey through two rare cancers. They fought a good fight. They stayed the course.

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The panelist Steve Hodges
Steve Hodges
Durham, North Carolina

Steve is an AML patient who has had 7+3, FLAG, multiple consolidations and additional Aza/Ven cycles pursuant to achieving complete remission for a Bone Marrow Transplant in late February 2023. Steve grew up working on cattle and horse farms. He’s an amateur pianist who plays regularly for Hospital, Hospice, and others. He is a retired IT professional, and an active volunteer with several health and hospital Patient/Family councils. He is an active board member for youth and adult musical organizations. Steve likes books, hiking/walking and podcasts. He's a trained end-of-life advocate who holds an MSW, a dad and very happy grandfather.

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