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Nourishing the Body and Soul: A Journey into Cancer Treatment - by Lori Drummond, RD

Lori Drummond, RD - part of The After Cancer Team

Lori Drummond is a Registered Dietitian who is joining The After Cancer Care Team soon!

In the vast realm of healthcare, individuals often find their calling through a profound combination of personal passion and unexpected life events. I became a registered dietitian with multiple state licenses and board certification in oncology nutrition, through that journey. My story is one of heartfelt dedication to the well-being of others, inspired by a new-found pursuit toward a lifelong commitment to healthy living and the transformative power of nutrition.

Embracing the power of food

Delving into the world of healthcare was not just a career choice; it was a calling that resonated with my desire to help those in need. Long before I embarked on my professional path, I was captivated by the idea that food could be a source of healing and vitality. 

Life took an unexpected turn, opening doors for me to pursue my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nutrition from the University of Alabama. Over the past 17 years, I have worked in various hospitals, gaining extensive experience with diverse patient populations, from the critically ill in ICU units to those battling cancer, heart issues, diabetes, obesity, malnutrition, and more.

I played a pivotal role in the transplant program at Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida, where I assisted patients preparing for and recovering from liver, kidney, and heart transplants. My multifaceted experience equipped me with a comprehensive understanding of the intricate relationship between nutrition and overall health.

A heartfelt connection to cancer patients

My profound connection with cancer patients is deeply personal. Having supported two close family members through their battles with cancer, I intimately understand the challenges these individuals face. My grandmother's struggle with pancreatic cancer and my mother's journey with lung cancer became the catalyst for my unwavering commitment to oncology nutrition.

As the primary caregiver for my mother during the final months of her battle, I gained invaluable experience and empathy. This lived-out experience became the cornerstone of my passion for oncology nutrition, allowing me to connect with patients on a level that transcends professional boundaries.

A beacon of support and expertise

In addition to my board certification in oncology nutrition, I hold a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management, bringing years of experience in guiding individuals toward better well-being through weight management methods. My expertise extends beyond the clinical setting, as I dedicate myself to teaching group weight management classes.

Beyond my professional life, I'm a mother of five and a grandmother of 11, highlighting my deep commitment to family health. Continually seeking knowledge to adapt to our evolving world, I find joy in beach walks, sandcastle building with local grandchildren, boating, and embarking on outdoor adventures with grandchildren in Alabama and Oregon.

In my journey, I hope you find a powerful narrative of passion, dedication, and empathy. My commitment to the well-being of others, particularly those facing the challenges of cancer, is not just a profession but a deeply personal mission. My story is a testament to the transformative potential of combining personal passion with professional expertise, creating a beacon of support for those in need. 


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