“Hope” or “Cope”

Mara B | Administrator |

Optimism is essential whether you’re a cancer patient, family member, or a hospital administrator.  In the field of hospital administration, I cannot recall

a year in my 19 years working in hospitals when we weren’t severely budget constrained, frequently for important reasons, but cash poor nonetheless.

Despite the hype about the ACA, every year brings a new flavor of reform, whether federal, state or internal, which frequently translates into doing more with less while growing in leaps and bounds (at least in the cancer field). As an administrator, I choose to be optimistic. For those of you who know me, it’s probably my biggest strength and sometimes a blind spot.  However, I choose to think of it as an asset and talent, and it helps me get through the tough times!

What’s neat is that the amazing people who work in our cancer center always find a way to make it work-they are all optimists at heart.  And frequently, the pain of the budget or staff cut is transformed into something innovative and creative.  Despite these pressures, year over year, we innovate, create new programs and provide outstanding care for thousands of patients.

For cancer patients and their families, I like to believe that optimism equals “hope” or “cope” similar to the way it works for me.  Choosing optimism isn’t easy, but what do you have to lose?


  1. My husband was diagnosed 6 years ago with cancer, it was devastating. However, my husband & I are positive people. We encountered many people that were so negative over the past 6 years & we just distanced ourselves from them. MGH Cancer Center is wonderful & always found a new medication or clinical trial that helped. So how could we be anything but positive. also, all staff were always positive and hopeful so we had no reason to worry. “Hope” is healthy, it helps keep you positive.
    Thank you MGH.

    JB | | 8:09am

Share Your Thoughts

Please remember that your posts and comments are available for all to see. For your privacy, you should consider carefully before posting personal medical information to the internet. This site does not offer medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

We reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive or that contain foul language, spam or advertisements for commercial products. Disagreements and feedback/criticism are welcome, but mutual respect is a must.

Part of the conversation "Optimistic"