Georgia Georgiou is program manager of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Program at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.
What does resilience mean to you?
I see resilience as an everyday choice about how I use my energy. Will I use my energy in a way that helps me to stay buoyant and keeps me going in the face of hardship, or will I give up and sink?
Why is taking care of your mind and body important to you?
When my mind is healthy, I can reframe and see things more clearly, so I can make a more conscious effort about where to focus my attention and energy. When my body is healthy, I have the physical reserves needed to combat fatigue and to stay buoyant.
What do you do at home to take care of yourself and improve your resilience?
I love to garden and to run to clear my mind and to stay physically fit. When I’m feeling really stuck or weary, I reflect on positive memories of my mom and I look to my faith, to lead me forward.
When my mind is healthy, I can reframe and see things more clearly
What do you do at work when you need to refresh?
I have amazing colleagues that I often turn to for advice and insights. They offer valuable perspectives that help me to see new openings. Sometimes, I’ll go for a quick trek up and down the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre stairwell to clear my head. However, the most powerful way that helps me to reframe and refresh is thinking about our hematology patients. The courage, strength, humility and gratitude that our patients show in the face of adversity, quickly puts things into perspective for me. Our patients are a constant source of inspiration and a reminder to me about how I can choose to approach difficulty in my own life.