Mary Jo Schad, RN, HFM Cancer Center

When people ask me what type of nursing I do, and I say “oncology” I always hear “that must be so sad.” Yes, it is some days. But I wouldn’t do anything else. I’ve been working oncology at Holy Family Memorial for 31 years and truly feel it has been my calling. I cannot take away the fact that people are diagnosed and living with cancer, but I can do everything in my power to make their journey a bit easier for them. Whether it is helping them cope with the diagnosis, holding their hand through chemotherapy or pulling up a chair beside them and just listening, I am blessed to walk alongside them on this journey. At the end of each day, my heart is a little bit fuller because of my patients. That is why I am an oncology nurse.