While in the midst of treatment, social workers help patients and their families through the darkest moments by showing them how strong they can truly be, and Jenee Areeckal is one such social worker. Working with the Cancer Institute’s bone and soft tissue sarcoma, solid tumor, and histiocytosis patients, she is committed to providing patients and their caregivers the support they need during their most vulnerable times.
“It is a blessing and an honor to help our families,” Jenee said. “Each child’s strength and perseverance is both amazing and inspiring. When I am working with a patient’s loved ones, I attempt to use that child’s strength and spirit to make the family stronger.”
Jenee, a three-time cancer survivor and an amputee due to osteogenic sarcoma, knows what it is like to live through and be treated for cancer as a teen and young adult. Today she uses her story to inspire her patients and families both during and after treatment. She is proof that life after cancer can be wonderful and fulfilling.
“I hope that by seeing me work, patients have hope that it is possible to survive and thrive after cancer,” Jenee said.
The Associates who work with the patients at the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s are second to none and every Friday this month we are proud to shine a spotlight on the amazing people who make the Cancer Institute great. All of our Associates, from our oncologists to our physical therapists to our child life specialists, are specially trained to provide our pediatric cancer patients with the support they need during and after treatment.
For more information about the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s, please click here: http://www.choc.org/cancer/index.cfm