The story of Stone Soup, is about a community that comes together to create a pot of soup, starting with a stone in boiling water, each community member contributes to the soup until it turns into a pot of stew that nourishes the entire community.
At the Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) at McLaren Northern Michigan, the staff and patient community are coming together to create their own Petoskey Stone Soup.
The idea stemmed from Kathy “Kat” Gowell-Hansen, Registered Dietician at KCI.
When she has hard or difficult days, she walks the beaches with her family and collects Petoskey Stones.
She started to collect so many stones that her daughter asked what she was going to do with them.
She decided to make Stone Soup.
When Kat was a child, she was told that finding a Petoskey stone was good luck. After researching the name Petoskey, it has several meanings like Rising Sun, Rays of Dawn, and Sunbeams of Promise.
“This describes the vision of the KCI oncology team,” stated Kat. “We all pull together to add ingredients in the care of our patients. Each member of our team brings their own gifts to the pot to create a nourishing, compassionate, hopeful, and warming environment.”
Kat decided to make a Petoskey Stone Soup recipe for her patients but was not sure what kind of recipe.
With the assistance of her team member, Andrea Cherry, LMSW, an oncology social worker at KCI, several recipes developed.
Each of the six departments within KCI created their own recipe.
There is a recipe from the oncology dietician, filled with healthy vegetables and spices.
The oncology social worker’s recipe includes respect, empowerment, empathy, and compassion.
The scheduler’s recipe adds humor, high-fives, and patience, for extra taste. The nurse’s recipe adds oncology medical knowledge and teamwork.
The nurse navigator’s (breast cancer navigator, and Head, Neck, Lung navigator) recipe sifts through barriers to care and adds garnish of hope, empathy, and compassion.
The doctors’ (Head chefs) recipe brings in professional honesty, healthy lifestyle prescriptions, researched based miracles, and of course doctor’s orders!
“We want each patient to have a Petoskey stone they can carry with them or keep at home to remind them of the support they have from their health care team at KCI,” stated Kat. “We want our patients to know that they are part of a great community and we are here for them the entire journey.”
The KCI waiting room at McLaren Northern Michigan will house the Petoskey Stone Soup, which includes a Petoskey Stone history handout, real Petoskey stones, as well as all the KCI team’s recipe cards.
There are also blank recipe cards so patients can create their own Stone Soup, with their Petoskey Stone!
To learn more about our cancer program, visit northernhealth.org/cancer or call (800) 248-6777. Karmanos Cancer Institute details can be found at karmanos.org.
About Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Northern Michigan
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, based in mid-town Detroit, is one of 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. In 2014, it entered into an agreement with McLaren Health Care, parent company of McLaren Northern Michigan, creating the largest cancer research and provider network in Michigan. Karmanos patients at McLaren Northern Michigan have access to the highest quality of cancer care. Gerold Bepler, MD, PhD, is the Institute’s president and chief executive officer. For more information, call (800) KARMANOS or go to www.karmanos.org.