April 2024 PMMNG Meeting: "It's Okay To Not Be Okay" Presented by Molly Davis and Christina Bach

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Our next monthly PMMNG meeting will be Saturday April 13, 2024 from 1:30-3:00 PM ET. This meeting with be conducted by Zoom.

Christina Bach, MBE, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW, and Molly Davis, MSS candidate, will facilitate a conversation and give a presentation entitled: "It's Okay To Not Be Okay: Navigating the Emotional Rollercoaster of Multiple Myeloma." In a world that is obsessed with "thinking positive," this session welcomes all of your emotions -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. We will present an innovative framework for experiencing and managing the entire range of emotions that accompany a cancer diagnosis and discuss ways to share these experiences with loved ones and invite their support. 

Molly Davis is an MSS (MSW equivalent) candidate at Bryn Mawr's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She has professional training in clinical work across the lifespan, and in her current work at both the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and Haverford College's Counseling and Psychological Services, she seeks to support clients of all ages through their grief journeys, life transitions, and the work of constructing and bearing witness to their own stories.

Christina Bach is a licensed clinical social worker and board certified oncology social worker. She is the psychosocial oncology content editor at OncoLink.org, the web’s first cancer resource. She has over 20 years of experience working with people with cancer and their families and is also the social work facilitator of the Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking Group. She is interested in financial toxicity, life after cancer, educating social work students, and animal assisted interventions. She volunteers regularly with her certified therapy dogs, Linus, Huckleberry and Eugene (in-training). In her spare time she enjoys knitting, cooking, binge watching great shows and traveling to Cape Cod to spend time with family. 

This meeting will also include our usual small group breakout sessions.  Please bring any questions you may have about your journey with myeloma.  In addition, while the meeting itself will begin at 1:30, we will be starting the Zoom at 1:00 pm for anyone interested in having a little more time to talk to one another informally or ask your questions. As always, patients and care partners are welcome to attend. 

All PMMNG members will receive a meeting invitation via email.  If you are new to the group, contact Barbara Falkowitz ([email protected]) to receive the meeting link. 

We look forward to seeing you on Zoom!