Monday, September 28, 2015

LLS/Baylor Patient Advocate: Meet Kelsey Thompson

The North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is pleased to introduce Kelsey Thompson, the new LLS Patient Advocate at Baylor University Medical Center.  She is housed at the Cvetko Center and meets with patients and their families following a blood cancer diagnosis in order to determine the best way she and LLS can assist them during their treatment journey.  Below Kelsey introduces herself.

"I grew up, like many of us out there, exposed to cancer because someone close to me was going through it. Being diagnosed with cancer is a whirlwind. There are so many unknowns and so much information being thrown at you, not to mention the gamut of emotions to sift through and process. As a blood and marrow transplant registered nurse, I have seen firsthand what these patients and families go through and struggle with. Things happen so quickly after diagnosis that a lot of times there isn’t time to really understand what is going on or how to handle any of it; you just have to act.

That’s one of the reasons I am excited for this new role with LLS as the Patient Advocate Manager at Baylor. I have the opportunity to meet these patients wherever their greatest need is, whether it is financial resources, disease-specific information, support services, or just being there to listen. If I can make one little thing better for these patients and what they’re going through, then I’ve done my job. The physical and emotional part of cancer is hard enough, finding resources and support shouldn’t have to be.

I’m here in the Cvetko Center, Suite 200, of Baylor Sammons Cancer Center on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Come by and see me, I’d love to meet you!



Kelsey will be writing a monthly blog post in order to keep you informed of the different opportunities LLS and Baylor are co-sponsoring.  Introduce yourself to her the next time you are at Baylor.

Kelsey Thompson is a Patient Advocate for the North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  She understands the patient experience as a blood and marrow transplant registered nurse.  She is based at Baylor University Medical Center in the Cvetko Center.  She meets with patients and their families after receiving a blood cancer diagnosis.  

Contact Kelsey:
(214) 818-7890

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