With our goodbyes said to 2020, many of us are breathing a sigh of relief. The unexpected and global impact of 2020 still has so many reeling. For those of you that have lost loved ones to this pandemic, FSOSW extends our deepest condolences.

Moving forward into 2021, many are hopeful, excited, and filled with the anticipation of potential as well as feeling anxious, worried, and concerned about the uncertainty of what is yet to come. As oncology social workers, it is our role to help our cancer patients and their families find the balance between their fear or anxiety and their potential. We are not miracle workers, we are skilled trained professionals dedicated to bringing calm into chaos, understanding out of confusion and acceptance from fear. These skill sets have proven to be essential when working with oncology patients and even more now with the complications of COVID at hand.

As we face all the challenges that COVID-19 presents to our patients and families, our knowledge, skills, and abilities will be called upon even more. With this understanding, we must continue to support, encourage and learn from each other. It is the mission of FSOSW to provide networking and educational opportunities to our members. We have implemented our "Virtual Happy Hour with a Purpose" to build and maintain a strong community of oncology social workers. Happy Hours are held every third Thursday of the month from 6-7pm. We have also launched our educational collaboration with Moffitt Cancer Center and look forward to many more excellent CEU learning opportunities with them. This year, we will also see the upgrade to our website FSOSW.org making it more effective and user friendly.

COVID spurred us to our first virtual annual conference, turning our 37th Annual FSOSW conference into an entirely virtual event. Thanks to our wonderful conference committee, the day was a huge success. Plans for 38th Annual FSOSW conference are already well underway with the hopes that we will once again be able to safely gather in person.

Lastly, we will continue to work collaboratively with the American Cancer Society, and Aztra Zeneca to bring awareness for cancer and cancer care by engaging not only our members but people in our communities as well. Most importantly we look forward to engaging with all our members to invigorate our regions and make 2021 a year that FSOSW advances in its own potential.

 

Thank you,

Latanya Ruiz, LCSW

President