About Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart is a gathering of parents and caregivers whose children have had a cancer diagnosis and who have been discharged from treatment. The focus of this group is to provide support to these families as they try to re-acclimate back to life. The founders of this group, Ashley Haseotes and Julie Gonzalez are both parents of children who have had cancer. Through their combined 12 years of experience they are able to understand the struggles of returning to work, school, friends and home.

Heart to Heart provides a safe and empathetic space for parents to heal. Healing after a traumatic life experience takes time and energy. To return to living, parents must take time to heal.

In this group, parents will participate in social gatherings for group talk, healing modalities during wellness events and will be given resources that will help parents get back to living a full life. Think group therapy, but way cooler!

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About Our One Mission Hearts:

Ashley Haseotes

Ashley was born and raised in Framingham, MA. She holds her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is working on completing her Masters. Ashley is a Reiki Master and Ton Ren Healer. Her son Nicholas was diagnosed with AML in 2006, and has been cancer free since 2011.

In 2009, Ashley and her husband Ari founded One Mission, where Ashley now works full time. One Mission is a pediatric cancer charity that does whatever it takes to get kids through cancer. One Mission programs make living in the hospital less lonely and stressful, bring back joy in a time of fear and uncertainty, and give kids and their loved ones the support they need to get through the emotional and financial challenges of treatment.  After her son’s cancer treatment Ashley found herself with anxiety, and was having trouble getting back to life.  After 6 years of her own healing, Ashley received training in many of the healing modalities she used to feel better.  Through Heart to Heart, Ashley will offer these services to One Mission families for free.

Julie Gonzalez 

Long before Julie became a mother to a child with cancer, she has been helping other families deal with cancer diagnoses. Julie received her R.N. in 1998 and began working with patients and families in 2010. She currently works in hospice as a Clinical Nurse Liaison for Salmon VNA. Julie’s daughter Carlie was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in October 2015. As of June 2016 Carlie has zero evidence of disease! In her work Julie compassionately holds space for the most delicate of patients, she works closely with families to provide them with the appropriate services they need to live a comfortable transition.

Laura Bennos

In November 2013, Laura became a Mom to twin boys, Alex and Charlie.  When the boys were nine months old, Alex was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. Persistent breathing issues led the family to a specialist who discovered a tumor in his chest compressing his airway.  Upon diagnosis Laura’s family was sent to Boston Children’s Hospital where they lived for close to one month.  Alex completed four rounds of Chemotherapy, two inpatient stays at BCH and two outpatient rounds at The Jimmy Fund Clinic, and then underwent extensive surgery to remove the tumor.  In December of 2016 their family celebrated Alex’s 2 year cancer free mark!  Today, he’s a happy healthy 3 year old who loves to play with his brother!

As difficult as life is during treatment, adjusting to life off treatment comes with its own set of challenges.  Getting back to “normal” wasn’t as simple as Laura had expected.  It came with stress, fear, and some anger.  In time, these feelings subsided and “life on the other side” was so sweet.

Laura hopes to make this transition easier for families coming off of pediatric cancer treatment by lending her support in any capacity needed.

Jonathon Swersey

Jonathon and his wife Julie are the proud parents of 5 year old Belle and 2 year old Sadie.  He joined Heart to Heart to help other families.  Belle was diagnosed with Stage IV Rhabdomyosarcoma on Feb 3, 2015, weeks ahead of her fourth birthday.  Belle’s treatment spanned Boston Children’s, Dana Farber, MGH, and Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York with additional input from thought leaders across the U.S. and Canada.  We spent over 50 nights in the hospital and have been with Belle to receive anesthesia 57 times. Thankfully Belle is in remission, but we all live with visceral memories of treatment.

Jessica Tierney

Jessica is a Mom of a childhood cancer survivor (and a childhood cancer survivor herself!) In October of 2013, her oldest daughter, Emma, was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia. She was immediately admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital and underwent 30 days of inpatient treatment followed by 2 years of outpatient treatment at the Jimmy Fund. Today, Emma is 3 years cancer free and doing great!

Jessica knew after both her and Emma went through their crazy life battles that she was meant to help out other families going through the same thing. She knows that having someone you can talk to that has been in your shoes can make the struggle a little bit easier. She is eager to be that person for families dealing with a pediatric cancer diagnosis.

Amanda Isenberg

Amanda received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rochester and her Master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. Amanda and her husband live in Providence, RI with their 3 children (Sophie, Caleb and Lily) and their dog Ziggy. Amanda’s clinical experience spans from working in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, to an outpatient mental health facility, to working in the foster care system and with birth and adoptive families to create adoption plans. Most recently, she started as faculty at Brown University’s medial school teaching first year medical students the foundation to become caring and compassionate doctors. Amanda is excited to be part of the Heart to Heart team and believes that healing takes courage and we all need a little help along the way.

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