Insights into Cancer Series: Cancer - Insiders and Outsiders

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Ctr. - Tamkin Auditorium - Room B130

Guest Speaker: Michael Eselun, Chaplain

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Admission is Free


Simms/Mann-UCLA Ctr for Integrative Oncology
(310) 794-1923


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Michael Eselun, BCC, Simms-Mann Center certified inter-faith chaplain shares reflections on the experience of being an insider or an outsider. The poet David Whyte writes, “There is no house like the house of belonging,” and yet the cancer experience can sometimes leave us feeling like we do not belong anywhere—at least not in the ways we did before—an outsider in every sense. Or, we might find ourselves belonging in a completely new way—perhaps within a new society of others in the “cancer club.” We were often taught as children, “Don’t talk to strangers,” and yet in our yearning to belong, comfort and connection can sometimes come from “perfect strangers.” This talk explores these themes and whether we can find peace within an ever-shifting reality in which we may sometimes feel like the insider and the outsider at the same time.