Navigating Grief in the CRC Space

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Coping with the loss of a loved one is different for everyone, and grieving is an important part of the process. In this important session we invite Dr. Jana Lomax, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Eric Hausmann, Fight CRC board member and caregiver to his late wife; and Dr. Angela Nicholas, Fight CRC board chair and caregiver to her late husband to talk about navigating grief in the CRC space from the perspective of a mental health professional and those who have lived through it.

Meet the Speakers:

Eric Hausmann

I came to Fight CRC in 2005 after my wife Rose was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer, then stage IV 18 months later. We loved the organization and its people and quickly became  involved. We became Grass Roots Action Committee members and ultimately Co- Chaired the GAC. Rose was a Parole officer and I am a firefighter. She was a fighter with a huge heart, and fought this disease for 12 long years until every available treatment option had been exhausted. Ultimately succumbing to the disease in Dec. 2016. I continued with our fight by sitting on the Fight CRC Executive Board. I fight this disease not only in her memory  but in the honor of all the people who have passed and who continue to fight.

Dr. Jana Lomax

Jana Bolduan Lomax, PsyD Dr. Jana Lomax, PsyD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Miami University-Ohio and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology-Chicago. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Denver Health. Dr. Lomax specializes in Health Psychology. She focuses on working with adults facing chronic and/or life-limiting illness, their loved ones, and their healthcare providers. Her professional activities span across clinical care, research, program development, training, and community education. Dr. Lomax completed her postdoctoral and early career psychologist work in the Blood and Marrow Transplant program at the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Lomax was the Director of Psychosocial Oncology for Saint Joseph Hospital and SCL Health from 2010-2017 during which time she enjoyed interdisciplinary clinical care, team management, program development and evaluation. In 2017, Dr. Lomax launched Shift Healing | Health Psychology, a private practice designed to provide high quality, collaborative psychotherapy and healthcare consultation for adult individuals, couples and families adjusting to medical conditions and bereavement. Throughout her career, Dr. Lomax has valued opportunities to train future psychology clinicians in a variety of healthcare settings. She has been an invited lecturer and advisor in the areas of cancer survivorship, provider burnout, caregiving stress, coping with chronic illness, and development of supportive oncology programs. Dr. Lomax is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver Graduate School for Professional Psychology. She is on the Steering Committee for the Colorado Cancer Coalition, is a member of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and the Colorado Psychological Association, and is a Mental Health Advisor for Fight CRC! For relaxation and fun, Dr. Lomax enjoys live music events and outdoor adventuring with her husband and three children.

Dr. Angela Nicholas

Angela M. Nicholas, M.D. is a Fight Colorectal Cancer Board Member and advocate. She connected with Fight CRC through her husband, John MacLeod, who was a stage IV colorectal cancer fighter, as well as a Fight CRC Board Member and Ambassador. She is the Chief Medical Officer at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in E Norriton PA.

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