Chronicles on How to Kill Cancer Presentation
Carmen Rabel recently presented a bilingual lecture about her journey as a writer recovering language skills after surviving brain surgery. She shared her insights and perceptions about her journey through an initial diagnosis of brain cancer in her left temporal lobe, where language is controlled and her struggles with recovery including her emotional toll involved in learning to communicate again. We learned the importance of a second or third language in terms of creating more connections in the brain, as well as the intricacies of detecting and treating tumors near the language center.
This lecture was a wonderful interdisciplinary effort between the Slippery Rock University Department of Nursing and Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. The lecture was provided both as an intimate gathering at SRU for 30 students and faculty on campus and was also broadcasted via the web to 60 students and faculty elsewhere.
(Photo on the left: Dr. Jones, Department of Nursing, Carmen Rabel, Speaker and Dr. Caula, Department of Modern Languages & Cultures. Photo on the right: Carmel Rabel during her lecture to the students and faculty of SRU).