WEEI>On Demand>>D&C - Jen Noonan, MSW, adolescent specialist, Jimmy Fund Clinic

D&C - Jen Noonan, MSW, adolescent specialist, Jimmy Fund Clinic

Aug 30, 2016|

Jen speaks about the Just for Teens Program & working with adolescent & young adult populations in the JFC. There are 2 parts of the Teen Program: In clinic (Teen Area in clinic, special daily age appropriate activities, FACES & FLASHES groups); and outside of clinic (trips). The point of the program is to facilitate patients connecting with each other – those who “get it” (peers supporting peers) – and to help make teens and young adults feel comfortable by helping them become aware that there are other kids their age in the Clinic, too, and that it’s not just all younger kids. Teen oncology patients have unique needs—specific support programs to help this unique patient population is critically important. Teens supporting one another is its own type of medicine.

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Join us here next to mr. Schilling is that Jeff noted Jen is the yet adolescent specialist at the Jimmy Fund clinic. How are you. Harry nice to see you in to see some passionate about dog not due until it does not if I mean I agree down and it's Lisa's running party get yeah at least gets all the credit you don't get nearly that she sounds much more famous than you I'll just catch resulting you know we can keep it that way that's I don't wanna I wanna sign the autograph and of the paparazzi chase via I'm and I'm just between the great election before us she a pain to work for he entry to achieve a complete Telus subnet and and we don't know about now yeah well I think you guys probably amounts to. Wolf let's go to deep dark secret walk us a flaw known les c'mon. She should she perks well who doesn't yet that this public steal your key India through desk or anything c'mon the candy as a weakness you know for sure you know. Mind you so how was your job different than leases is it one of the same. You know I it is specifically my job is to work with the teens at least as sort of a wider and wider scope with fat. My focus is adolescent patients and I think what we know about teenagers is that there experience as a teen differs and that. And it's kids that are younger than none and patients that are older than them and when you throw cancer in the mix of that it makes it. Even more. Capital partner with a total that all the time the missing the prom miss exports it's not going to college and my kids go Ametek semester off or worse. Who's your here is his brutal on teenagers it's your job to keep their spirits up in some way. Yes and really think about ways that we can keep them connected to each other. I think that patients can have the most support of handling the most supportive friends but when you're eighteen you really get support from your peers. And when your team with cancer I think being went. Peers that have cancer it sort of just get what it's like and understand. Allows them to be supported in away that is completely different than what we could get and so it's really. Part of my job to help facilitate those connections some things in kind of clinic running support groups. Some of the events that you heard talked about today sort of providing the opportunity. To let fat that magic happened because it's the connection between. The patients themselves. That actually really we talked about at least yesterday I mean being a teenager until it is hard enough. I mean you throw all that stuff in the mix in the dissidents you know must be times of them here. Yeah I you know and I think I a you know I'm able to witness everyday how powerful those connections can be just. A couple weeks ago we learn heading to friendly park for a man to Iraq Eckstein trip then. One of the girls there pulling me from Dina our currency is really sad and she was really upset and she was crying and you know as exciting and fun as it is to go and do these trips when you have medical needs it's a lot for it's scary it's nerve wracking and those some of the chaperones were trying to you. Comfort her and they organ so much fun it will be awesome and don't worry and and it took. Another patient who was sitting across the aisle to sort of reach her hand over to her and she put her hand counters and and it's OK I know it scary knowing you're worried power gonna have fun and I'm going to be here with you and it's going to be fine. Yeah but I think that speaks to the value of those events where there's the Christmas party of the girls weekend of the trip to spring training it's hard to keep that to manifest. Those connections on a daily basis within the clinic existing the same people on a scheduled day. When they go up about whether to Fort Myers for two and a half days or to a Red Sox game. Then it's a whole different kind of situation you're meeting new people and each and every person you're talking to know where you're coming from a what you're going through. That's right and it story you know I think it widened the Scoble and they know we see patients. In the clinic every day it might be their very first clinic day being a patient might have just found out that they relapse. And so it's really me. Such are ringing she might see someone who's opting in five years and we also see that in the trips to Q and having not mixed bag and having people people see you. Walk through these stores and know that they're beef being supported no matter what speech there and I think is really no matter and that is just icing. What what are the kids feel about how they feel about them movie yeah. The fault and our stars like they hated I've heard well you know I think I think for some people it and. Powerful to see and for other people it just may not be relatable to them and complaint to they know how well laugh or Latin. Poorly each are doing. When they're hanging out you know I think it. It's a good question and we see all the time in clinic again and on the trips that someone might be. Really connected and super close and they might never talk about their cancer ones but they just feel supported because they know that they get it. And other people might know those details and it might be harder to know that or not I think it. Probably green you're on. You're on the team girls and a write in on that. Yep here do you do you get your record until when your nails done it all now announcement Israeli ground view is he crying all night and do because we at least tells the story and we're like in tears. You know I was just having this conversation actually I think it's. You really EC a lot you hear a lot that's for sure. But I think it's the passion that drives us because it helps us realize there's so much more than needs to. To be done and sometimes it's the smallest thing like scene that patient reach an arm how to support someone else. And there are hard moments too for sure but I think it's sort of the culture of Dana Farber. CU put the patients and families first and it's it's not about us it's not about. Really our feelings and how and in fact that's it's really about continuing and move forward and be passed in about what we do in the patients and families are behind passion. Now I don't know what leases plans are in terms of retirement but are you the heir apparent when Lisa decides to do something okay good good good good question and I think you all know she isn't going anywhere. Any that drag out country and out that airing part image gender and and she is the adolescent specialist from the Jimmy Fund clinic. 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