Each member of the Oncology Esthetics™ team has a story as to how they got to where they are now. Most have been affected by cancer in some way and fuelled their passion to help those affected by cancer with Aesthetics. We will occasionally share their stories. This week, we will be sharing Pamela’s Story.
After a 19 year career as the Vice President of National Sales for a leading Meeting and Special Events company in Southeastern Wisconsin, Pamela made the decision to go back to school and obtain her licenses as an aesthetician in 1999.
During her training her husband was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the parotid gland, a gland that is most often affected by cigarette smoking, although her husband never smoked. She understood how cancer does not only affect the one diagnosed but the entire family unit; years earlier, her father-in-law lost his battle with Melanoma.
And so her journey began after experiencing first hand the devastating effects of the diagnosis, the treatment, and the impact on how a two minute conversation with her husband’s physician changed her family’s life forever. The path she was meant to take to help others was paved and her purpose in the aesthetics field became clear.
If asked, “Why did you leave a successful 19 year career to go into aesthetics?” The reply will be simple, “I don’t know, I just know this is where and what I am suppose to be doing. I have just followed the pull in my heart.”
Armed with her aesthetics license, the desire to help others she opened her own business and started her quest for the education and ability to touch so many that needed to be touched because of cancer. The bigger challenge she found was the lack of knowledge on the part of the medical community on how to help those suffering from not only cancer but also the side effects cancer has on the skin and the total absence of professional training for aestheticians to help those suffering from the skin side effects of cancer… until she found Morag’s certification program in 2008.
Since then her determination to share the message of proper education to estheticians desiring the gift of touching the oncology patients/survivors has brought her full circle by being blessed with her position as Director of Operations for the Oncology Esthetics® certification program.
If asked what keeps her focused on her quest to help and touch all who have been touched by cancer, “My son Taylor, who was only going on 3 years old when his Dad was diagnosed with cancer and my belief that education is the only way to fulfill your passion to help others regardless of the field.”