If You Let It, Nursing Will Change Your Life

Posted May 24th, 2021

It was during my first year practicing as a nurse that I had an experience that deeply affected me. On our unit was a young mother of 4 little girls who was admitted for symptom management of late-stage cancer. She was having pain, was not always coherent, and was unable to walk on her own. […]

Personal Stories of Hospice and Palliative Care

Posted November 25th, 2019

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. I think there can be a lot of questions surrounding the services provided through hospice and palliative care. OncoLink has articles to provide you information and you can always ask your provider for a referral for these services. I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you […]

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

The Survival List

Posted June 13th, 2019

Each patient’s survival story is different. A diagnosis of cancer can quickly consume your life. Between appointments with your providers, imaging tests, treatments, calling your insurance company, trying to figure out employment and financial issues, cancer can easily take up most of your days, weeks and months. I walked this journey with my aunt all […]

Dear Caregivers, We See You and We Thank You.

Posted November 16th, 2018

Caregivers are everywhere. They are taking care of the sick, the elderly, their family members, loved ones, neighbors…the list could go on and on. They work a sometimes thankless job and are not always recognized for all that they do. Despite this, they keep doing what they have to do to provide the best care […]

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Do I need to protect my skin in the cold?

Posted October 29th, 2018

Of course! Often, when we talk about skin care, we focus on the summer months and protecting ourselves from the sun. It is important to keep in mind that not only is sunscreen essential year round, but we must also protect our skin from the cold weather elements. In the winter, the humidity level is […]

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

It Was An Honor and a Privilege

Posted October 3rd, 2018

During my years as a nurse working on the floor I took care of countless patients. I saw patients when they were first diagnosed and unsure of what was going to happen, patients who knew the end of their lives was approaching, and those in between. I was part of some life changing moments for […]

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

The Choice To Stop Treatment Is Not An Easy One

Posted August 27th, 2018

Over the past few weeks the world has experienced news stories about well known  people deciding to stop treatment for their cancer. For some cancer patients it gets to a point in their journey where choosing more treatment might help them live longer, but it might not give them the quality of life they are […]

Suicide and Cancer: We want to help.

Posted June 8th, 2018

I woke up this morning to the news of another celebrity death from suicide. Suicide affects people of all ages, genders, ethnicities and so on. Suicide does not discriminate. I want to give you some facts: In the year 2016, almost 45,500 suicides occurred in the United States Not all people who commit suicide have a […]

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Surviving – It Is Personal

Posted June 5th, 2018

There are many different ways of thinking about cancer survivorship. These beliefs and your personal definition is just that, personal. It is unique to each individual and can change over time. When I first started taking care of patients I believed that you survived cancer when your cancer was gone. As I matured in my […]

The Bond Amongst Nurses

Posted May 7th, 2018

Since leaving the floor I worked on, many other nurses have left as well. The unit we worked on was challenging physically, emotionally, and psychologically as I think most oncology units are. Most of the nurses who have left have continued to work with the oncology population but in outpatient facilities. Some nurses, we refer […]