Ep. 139 – Cancer, COVID, & survivorship: what this PT wants you to know – Dr. Bri DeWitt, PT

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A cancer diagnosis is bad enough, but experiencing cancer during a pandemic is on a different level.

Dr. Bri DeWitt, PT, is a physical therapist from Hawaii who treats patients with orthopedic, pelvic floor, & oncologic impairments. She also is a survivor of triple negative breast cancer, diagnosed smack-dab in the middle of the pandemic.

I’m so grateful to Bri for so openly sharing her treatment journey, the impairments & side effects she’s still dealing with today, & how she’s harnessing her journey to advocate for her patients moving forward.

What we cover in this episode:

  • How the pandemic & quarantine affected Bri’s cancer treatment (& what this means for our patients)
  • The physical but also psychosocial changes Bri experienced plus what’s helped (& some that surprised her)
  • How she’s educating & advocating for patients through her own experience & blog
  • What she wants every PT to know about working with people after cancer – from her firsthand experience

Books Bri mentioned:

Braving Chemo by Beverly Zavaleta, MD

Life Over Cancer by Keith I. Block, MD

Bri’s Bio

Brianna DeWitt, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist in Honolulu, HI, and a triple negative breast cancer survivor. She holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Montana and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University. Her practice is focused on pelvic health and oncology rehabilitation. She believes in continuous learning, holistic care, and promoting prevention and wellness across the continuum of physical therapy care.

Check out Bri’s blog here.

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