The Southern California Myeloma Community Chapter welcomes two oncology dietitians to share their tips on healthy eating for patients with multiple myeloma. Whether we are overeating due to steroids or stress, or undereating due to digestive issues, treatment or stress, multiple myeloma can wreak havoc with patients’ and care partners’ healthy eating goals. Our guest speakers, Michelle Hamilton, an oncology dietitian and Kathryn Kanter, an oncology dietitian specializing in blood cancers at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas, will provide research-based strategies and suggestions to help us make healthier food choices in 2022. They will provide practical tips and answer our nutrition questions and concerns. Join us to start the year off on a healthier eating path.
Todd Kennedy is a Myeloma Coach and grateful patient. His background includes over 30 years working in the pharmaceutical industry until he and his wife Diane retired from their respective first careers to devote their time and talents as patient advocates, Myeloma Crowd coaches, and ambassadors for City of Hope’s expansion to Orange County. Todd is living life to the fullest with his wife and sons in Orange County, CA.
Diane has lived in Southern California for most of her life. Her husband Todd was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2017. She spent her career working in marketing until January 2020 when she and Todd retired from their respective first careers, to devote their time and talents as patient advocates, Myeloma Crowd coaches, and ambassadors for City of Hope’s expansion to Orange County. She and her husband are committed to helping improve and advance cancer care for all patients and feel a collaborative, virtual support group that draws from this region is an excellent way to help current patients and their families, and future generations of cancer thrivers as well.
Kathryn is an oncology dietitian at UT Southwestern. She received her bachelors and masters degree from Saint Louis University, where she also completed her dietetic internship. She began working at UT Southwestern Clements University Hospital in 2015 where she specialized in oncology and critical care nutrition. In 2020, Kathryn transferred to Simmons Cancer Center and now primarily works with patients with hematologic malignancies such as multiple myeloma, leukemia, and lymphoma. Kathryn enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her cat, Callie, in her spare time.
Michelle Hamilton is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in oncology at UT Southwestern. She received her undergraduate degree at Baylor University and masters at UT Southwestern. Michelle has a genuine passion for oncology and has been an oncology dietitian for approximately 5 years. She also has a focus on cancer survivorship and leads a 6 week healthy eating class for oncology patients. Prior to working at the cancer center, she worked in outpatient weight loss counseling and outpatient enteral nutrition management. Her hobbies include jogging, reading and cooking at home.
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