Choosing Hope – Episode 165
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Featuring: Maloree Hamel
Published: May 25, 2019
Rev. Percy McCray sits down with Maloree Hamel, Special Care Unit Manager at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to talk about her work as an advocate for cancer patients and their families, and how her approach to ministry is inspired by her hope in God’s everlasting promises.
Maloree Hamel has always wanted to be a nurse. Even as a girl the passion was evident. “I would line up all of my stuffed animals and my toys and my brother and I would tape string to their arms and fill Ziploc bags with red food coloring.” At the foundation of her passion was her faith. Having come from a family of pastors, it seemed a natural combination.
Having established her career choice in nursing, Hamel would eventually transition into a new role at CTCA as a Special Care Unit Manager, a calling she believes was tailor-made for her. “I feel like I’ve been able to walk alongside our patients in a very unique and special way.” Her own experience with a benign brain tumor and her own father’s late-stage cancer diagnosis has informed Hamel’s faith in a profound way. “My faith has really had to be my focus,” she says. “Am I going to follow myself, or am I going to let God take the lead?”
Hamel believes life boils down to choices. “When I wake up in the morning—as we all do—we have a choice. A choice to live this day on mission, with purpose, with value. I know that I have been called to be a nurse. I’ve had people come and say, ‘Oh, my word, that must be the hardest job.’ But I never view it as that. I view it as an opportunity to bring joy into someone’s life in some of their darkest moments. When I wake up, I know that I have to fuel myself with the Word, with prayer and my time with the Lord so that I can be a fuel to other people.”
- “I think in life we have two ways we can go. We can choose to try to live our lives just ho-humming through life, or we can choose to take this path of faith. I have chosen to follow hard into my faith where I wake up each morning and say, ‘Okay God, what is the path that I need to take this day?’”
- “When it comes to our cancer patients, I listen to their stories and their perspectives, and I encourage them. ‘You know, you have a choice. You have a choice to go into this and fight after it or choose to have a choice to go down path A or path B. And I’m going to support you, and I’m gonna encourage you and walk alongside you and cheer you on that path.’”
- “The one thing that I know that gives me hope is that I have a deep relationship with the Lord. And He tells me every day that He loves me, He’s got me in His hands, He’s committed to me, and I know that if I let go and let God lead, I don’t have to worry about anything.”
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