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Dr. Edward Smink Ph.D. defended his doctoral thesis, “Thresholds of Afflictions: The Heroic Journey of Healing,” at Pacifica Graduate Institute in May of 2010 and graduated with a Ph.D. in Philosophy with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. His dissertation hallmarks what Dr. Smink considers a sacred trust of his over forty years of experience in healthcare as a registered nurse, crisis and pastoral counselor, executive leader, facilitator of mission, ethics, spirituality, value and leadership formation, and a leader and promoter of community health. Dr. Smink likes to claim that along with his academic credentials, he has learned much as a caregiver from his experience with colleagues who care for others and from those who needed his services. His book The Soul of Caregiving, A Caregiver’s Guide to Healing and Transformation is an outcome of his dissertation and his contribution to caregivers and the community.

✨A few highlights from the show:

1. Health care is a spiritual practice.

2. Being wounded means not having all of the answers.

3. Compassion fatigue has to do with something we love to do.

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🦄About Me:

In 2011, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, out of the blue. I did not have any prior health concerns or issues. Fast forward, the dreaded cancer diagnosis opened my eyes, introduced me to my purpose, and lead me to where I am today.

As a Cancer Doula, I use my 11 years of experience with cancer to support and guide others diagnosed with cancer. Many people are not familiar with what a cancer doula is. Think of me as a personal patient advocate. Schedule a free 30-minute Meet and Greet call to learn more.

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