Hi. My name is Trish Matthews. I am a manager of Pastoral Care at a 300 bed Presbyterian hospital in Denton, Tx. I am a new Presbyterian (2 years) and a former Methodist and then Baptist by former marriage. I am currently on medical leave as I have colon cancer and am undergoing chemotherapy, which makes me unbelievable tired. But I realized after being off for four months already that I need to do some CEU’s. I still have three more months to be off. So here I am. Palliative Care and end of life care is one of my burning passions. I have done a good bit to get that going in my hospital, having two rooms opened for end of life care with an additional family room and advocating for a full palliative care program in addition to our wonderful social worker (loan palliative care staff at this point). I co-facilitate our Living With Cancer group, so there is no other group nearby for me to attend during my own time of need. I fully expect to recover and return to work sometime in September, but I was also shocked by this diagnosis as I had no symptoms and my doctor did this Cologuard test two years early. She saved my life. I am a 3B, not a 4, so that is my hope! Looking forward to our class and interacting with other professionals. I really miss that right now!