by Gina DiVincenzo
Age 40. Huntington, NY
I think I am one of the lucky ones…finding my purpose early in life. I lived around the world for most of my childhood; experiencing foreign places, cultures and people.
By the time I entered college, I knew I wanted to work with people on a clinical level. That’s when I met my independent study professor who advised me to go to grad school for clinical social work. I would graduate in 2 years and be out in the world helping people! I began working in mental health and then I found oncology social work. I had an incredible mentor who guided me through the world of psychosocial oncology care.
My passion is supporting and guiding people through one of the most difficult times of their life
My passion is supporting and guiding people through one of the most difficult times of their life; coping with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. I feel purposeful every day. I have learned to use my listening skills, empathy and emotional availability to really be in the moment with people… to feel their pain and help them find a way through it. I have also found my purpose in my private life… learning and growing as a mom, a daughter, sister, friend and partner. I consistently work on being mindful of my patterns and behavior and ways to cope with what life brings. I am blessed to be on this road…even with all the heartache, obstacles and challenges life brings.