The mission of MesotheliomaQuestions.com is to both empower mesothelioma patients and their families by connecting them with experienced mesothelioma nurses to help them understand their treatment options while also offering expert legal guidance from our experienced mesothelioma lawyers.
Eleanor B. Ericson, RN, BSN
With a nursing background that includes more than 30 years of bedside experience, Ellie Ericson has an advanced perspective on the care and related needs of mesothelioma patients. Ellie’s passion led her to co-found Nursing Liaisons in 2007 with the aim of providing personalized post-facility care tailored to the needs of individual patients. Her approach is all-inclusive and based on a keen understanding of mesothelioma patients and the unique challenges they and their families face. Ellie understands the many ways a diagnosis of mesothelioma affects those in her care.
Ellie Ericson graduated from Worcester State College and the Mount Auburn Hospital School of Nursing. Ellie also advanced her nursing education by receiving certification in Health Care Coaching and continues to attend both national and international conferences on mesothelioma to stay abreast of the latest developments in her field of specialized care. Johns Hopkins has awarded Ellie a certificate in Guided Care and she also has a certificate in Transitional Care from the University of Pennsylvania. Ellie has a strong motivation to remain on the cutting-edge of devotion to her career.
Lisa Hyde-Barrett, RN
After receiving her nursing degree from Laboure College, Lisa Hyde-Barrett embarked upon a 25-year career at Brigham and Women’s Hospital which is nationally ranked in the top five for cancer hospitals. Her work today includes assisting leading surgeons specializing in Thoracic patients diagnosed with mesothelioma. Individuals from several continents including Europe, Asia, and North America have been cared for by Lisa at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Lisa’s passionate advocacy for mesothelioma patients led her to co-found Nursing Liaisons where she serves as vice president. As a part of her commitment to remain informed on the latest treatment options and patient care, Lisa regularly attends continuing education classes as well as numerous seminars. Caring for mesothelioma patients is more than just a job to Lisa; it’s her life’s work. The wishes of her patients are foremost in Lisa’s philosophy, an approach that is geared toward helping empower patients to manage their illness with dignity while providing them with a measure of control over their treatment and care.
Nurse Advocate Program
The clinical definition of mesothelioma, “a malignant tumor of the covering of the lung or the lining of the pleural and abdominal cavities, often associated with exposure to asbestos,” does not begin to describe what mesothelioma really means to the people who battle with the disease on a daily basis. A mesothelioma diagnosis can be overwhelming and frightening. Patients who have been handed this diagnosis and the people who love them may be overcome by feelings of disbelief, anger, fear, sorrow, and a host of other emotions which are understandable and to be expected.
In addition to these intense emotions, patients probably have many questions regarding care, prognosis and other issues relating to their illness. While it may be easy to search the Web for answers to these questions, Web sources are too often not trustworthy, and they are always impersonal.
MesotheliomaQuestions.com is designed to give mesothelioma patients something that browsing the Web will not: a professional, listening ear. It connects patients with expert mesothelioma nurses who have over 30 years of experience and have helped hundreds of people deal with treatment and care after being diagnosed.
Our nurses can help answer questions about the tough decisions that patients will need to make during their journey through this illness. They can guide patients through the quagmire of information and choices available to them, and help them come to conclusions about what options are best for them, and what decisions feel right.
Along the winding road of life with this cancer, patients should feel first of all like they are being treated as individual human beings and not as another number on the list of asbestos exposure victims. This disease is about people, not about statistics. Mesothelioma impacts and devastates real people with real families; each story is unique and starts and ends differently.
Our nurses value the individuality of each patient. They are knowledgeable, helpful, invested, and compassionate. They are available to listen, guide, encourage, and offer options. They are experts in this field, and can be trusted to enlighten patients with reliable information. In the process, they will hopefully convey the most important and comforting message that mesothelioma victims and their families need to hear: you are not alone.