Meet Our New Peer Counselor

We are delighted to introduce you to Denise Rodman, who joined our staff as a Peer Counselor on Jan. 18, 2022.

Denise brings to the table her own experiences with both breast and ovarian cancer. In May of 2018, Denise was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. She had just turned 40 and had a 5 year old son. Denise knew early on that she needed to learn as much as she could about her diagnosis. Educating herself was especially important because she had lost her own mother to breast cancer when she was an infant and her mom was only 36. By April of 2019, Denise learned that she also had ovarian cancer.

Throughout her many months of treatments for both of these cancer diagnoses, Denise connected with other cancer survivors and organizations to obtain the help and support she needed. One of the places she reached out to was Support Connection. She spoke one-on-one to our Peer Counselors, attended several of our educational programs, and took advantage of some of our virtual wellness classes. All of these experiences contributed to Denise’s desire to join our staff.

Denise says:

“My experience with cancer has greatly impacted my perspective on life. I began to understand that cancer can affect one’s physical, emotional and/or mental well-being. This led me to develop a longing to assist and comfort others through their own cancer journey, so they do not feel alone. I hope to offer our clients an ease to be able to express themselves, aid them to find their inner strength, and share resources to empower them in their own life.”

Everyone at Support Connection is grateful to Denise for agreeing to join our Peer Counseling staff. In addition to the wisdom gained from her own experiences, she demonstrates tremendous empathy and insight, and is highly motivated to provide support to others coping with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. We are confident that she will prove to be an excellent addition to our team.

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