“Get connected with people who can help”

Nurse navigator Lillie Shockney on the importance of making connections

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Health Monitor Staff
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Patient:
Elaine Everett, diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in January 2014
Westminster, MD

How it helps me:
Lillie helped me get going in the right direction. I was 14 years out from my stage I breast cancer diagnosis. I had put cancer behind me. So when I felt chest pains, I thought I had pulled a muscle or cracked a rib. When X-rays showed a mass in the lungs, Lillie connected me with my former oncologist and with a pulmonary specialist. Once they identified it as a recurrence of breast cancer, Lillie put me in touch with another patient who had a similar diagnosis and is doing well. She’s several years out from
her diagnosis and she’s still working! It makes you hopeful.

Breast cancer nurse navigator:
Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, Administrative Director, the Johns Hopkins Breast Center and Cancer Survivorship Programs, Baltimore, MD

Why that's important:
When a breast cancer survivor discovers that she has cancer again, particularly when many years have passed, it is shocking. In Elaine’s case, it wasn’t clear what kind of cancer it was. I immediately connected her with the right team so that a definitive diagnosis could be made. Getting a patient out of limbo, with uncertainty as to what her medical situation is, enables the oncology team to make a plan of care. I also put Elaine in touch with a metastatic breast cancer survivor who has a very similar clinical situation. I felt that connecting the two of them would be very
helpful for Elaine.

Published
November 2014