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    Janice Curtin

    Vanessa Soars
    8/08/2019

    Humans of Snowline

    Janice Curtin - Medical Social Worker

     

    Janice Curtin is not your typical Medical Social Worker. She devotes her time to helping people during the day and is an elite swimmer in the evenings.  She began swimming five years ago and has been practicing every day since then.  Janice first tried an open water swim in Lake Berryessa and loved it!  She then began competing and in the past two years has won 1st place in her age group.  Janice also won the National two - mile race!  What she loves is that swimming isn’t just racing, but “Living life out of your comfort zone and trying to find peace with it.”  There are so many times when she wanted to quit, however, she pushed through it.  Janice has had a love for the water ever since she was young and was a river guide for 15 years.  She had one of her first experiences with death when a passenger died.  She learned a lot about life and death.  Janice didn’t grow up wanting to be a Medical Social Worker.  Instead, she wanted to be a mid-wife.  Janice has two children and she had a mid-wife to help her with both deliveries.  She is a UC Davis graduate with a major in Women’s Studies and a minor in Chicano Studies.  Janice is a strong, focused, and determined woman who never gives up.  After her divorce, she has had to face many tough challenges raising her two children by herself.  Janice knew she wanted a better life for herself and her children, so she put herself through grad school and received her masters in Social Work.  Janice knew she wanted to work in the palliative care.  At Marshall Hospital where she worked in the ER, she saw that people didn’t really have a voice.  Janice started asking questions on what’s important to each individual and how they wanted to spend the rest of their time.  She wanted to give people a voice by giving them options.  She became very comfortable in the dying process and wanted to make a difference.  Janice wanted to demonstrate “what a successful death could look like.”  She has been with Snowline since 2014 and has been such a great asset to the team!


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