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Swan helps cancer patients understand their illness through play, preparation, education and self-expression activities and helps get them through difficult tests, procedures, treatment and recovery.
September 9, 2010 – Check it Out, Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Children’s most recent Super Star, Dana Swan, has been working as a child life specialist for nearly nine years, using her expertise to help patients and their families navigate the emotionally and physically demanding process of coping with hospitalization.
Swan helps cancer patients understand their illness through play, preparation, education and self-expression activities and helps get them through difficult tests, procedures, treatment and recovery. She also provides information, support and guidance to parents, siblings and other family members.
Q: What have you enjoyed most about working at Texas Children’s?
A: I absolutely adore the people I work with. We are all driven by the same reason – to provide the best pediatric care possible for each and every patient we see. I love that I get to interact with so many different people on a daily basis, and I enjoy spending time with my patients and getting to know their families.
Q: Who are your role models?
A: My parents have always been my role models as they have given me unconditional love and have always been there for me. My role models at work are the patients. They face each day with so much courage and strength. They are truly inspirational.
Q: When did you know what field of work you wanted to be in?
A: When I was younger I wanted to be a pediatrician, but that was long before I ever knew a profession such as child life existed. In college I spent a summer working as a counselor at a camp for disabled children,and my co-counselor was studying to be a child life specialist. After learning about the field, I knew it was my calling and it was what I was meant to do in life.
Q: Describe your perfect day.
A: I enjoy pampering myself with pedicures, facials and shopping, but my favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. My perfect day would entail a picnic on the beach with my husband, Paul, and our two beautiful children, 5-year-old Ada, and 2-year-old Jack.
Q: What is one thing people probably don’t know about you?
A: I rarely sit down, and I can’t take naps.
Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
A: Chocolate and a glass of good wine.
Q: What movie could you watch over and over again?
A: Pretty Woman.
Q: Describe yourself in one word.
Pictured: Dana Swan helps pediatric leukemia, lymphoma, and histiocytosis patients understand their illness through play, education, and self-expression activities