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Aug. 30, 2022

1: The Diagnosis (aka WTF?!??!!)

1: The Diagnosis (aka WTF?!??!!)

In the first episode of Death, Grief And Other Shit We Don't Discuss, Kyle McMahon tells the story of receiving his mother Joanne's pancreatic cancer diagnosis, how he and his family handled it and how it changed their lives forever.

Then, Kyle talks with Dr. Nicole Duffy, a health psychologist at ChristianaCare's Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, about healthy ways to deal with a life-threatening diagnosis. 

Get resources related to this episode at: RESOURCES: Episode 1: The Diagnosis (aka WTF?!?)

💜  Pancreatic Cancer Action Network  💜 

A. Joanne McMahon Foundation

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Nicole M. Duffy, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Nicole Duffy, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with a passion for helping people connect to meaning in
their lives. Assisting health care workers process their lived experiences is of particular importance both personally and professionally.

Dr. Duffy uses evidence-based treatments, supportive, and relational techniques to help people navigate stress and challenges and live out their goals and values. Dr. Duffy joined ChristianaCare in 2013 and served as the Director of Psychosocial Oncology at ChristianaCare's Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute until 2020.

She completed her doctoral training in Counseling Psychology at Boston College and internship at the Brooklyn Campus of the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System helping veterans adjust to health conditions. Currently, she provides outpatient psychotherapy and integrated care consultations in the oncology setting. As a member of the multidisciplinary head and neck cancer team, Dr. Duffy helps people cope with concerns related to treatment, body image, identity, return-to-work, worry about cancer recurrence, and changing health behaviors. Dr. Duffy’s interests include stress and coping, health equity, access to quality care, and the impact of culture and context. She enjoys locally sourced ice cream, reading nonfiction, and running.