Super heroes and princesses?

by Monica Hoel
It’s all in a day’s work for Cathy Bottrell (E&H ’82).

Cathy Bottrell, E&H '82 Look at Cathy Bottrell’s Facebook photos and you’ll see a woman who takes her job very seriously;  there are pictures of her posing with fairy princesses, welcoming Storm Troopers, wearing pajamas to the office, dressed like a super hero, and doing a dance routine with a rolling office chair.

Cathy doesn’t work at a theme park: she works for the Inova Life with Cancer Center.

Inova offers a raft of free programming for individuals and families who are facing cancer, and Cathy is involved at every level to do her part to add simplicity to bureaucracy and lend guidance in what can be a stressful world of treatments.  She is a licensed clinical social worker who spent 8 years working with HIV patients, and now finds herself helping families maneuver complicated systems of health care while also finding time for the joys of life. Focusing on cancer treatment while also trying to maintain positive outlook can be tricky; Cathy’s work intervenes to help maintain a healthy balance.

She’s an oncology clinical therapist at Inova Life with Cancer - Inova Schar Cancer Institute – a large facility with 40 employees. They have a family center that is a like a large home where cancer patients can learn how to deal with cancer from day to day while also maintaining quality of life for their families.

Cathy Botrell will go to extremes to cheer up her friends at work: even if it means dressing like... Much of Cathy’s work is with children – hence all the princesses and storm troopers – and that can be difficult; but Cathy doesn’t let the sadness keep her away from the people she loves to serve. “The families I work with show me the strength of love and compassion and how strong and brave people can be. I’m so honored to be a part of their journey during their difficult times.”

So if you see Cathy headed to work wearing a funny mask or a cape, don’t be surprised. Just know that she’s on her way to the office – where she performs acts of heroic goodness, all in a day’s work.

“People who don’t believe in superheroes haven’t met my patients.”
Cathy Bottrell (E&H ’82)

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2505-mollie-gore-on-the-evolving-energy-industry"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,332,2400,2732/12148_Gore_2022.rev.1663783764.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,332,2400,2732/12148_Gore_2022.rev.1663783764.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,332,2400,2732/12148_Gore_2022.rev.1663783764.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,332,2400,2732/12148_Gore_2022.rev.1663783764.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,332,2400,2732/12148_Gore_2022.rev.1663783764.jpg" alt="Mollie Rorrer Gore E&H Class of 1984" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,332,2400,2732/12148_Gore_2022.rev.1663783764.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,332,2400,2732/12148_Gore_2022.rev.1663783764.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2400" data-max-h="2400" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2505-mollie-gore-on-the-evolving-energy-industry">Mollie Gore on the Evolving Energy Industry</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Mollie Rorrer Gore feels hopeful about the future of energy. <a href="/live/news/2505-mollie-gore-on-the-evolving-energy-industry" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1756-despite-the-headlines-ed-davis-is-hopeful-about"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,400,400/9708_ed_davis.rev.1618447628.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,400,400/9708_ed_davis.rev.1618447628.jpg 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,400,400/9708_ed_davis.rev.1618447628.jpg" alt="Dr. Ed Davis, E&H Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="400" data-max-h="400" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1756-despite-the-headlines-ed-davis-is-hopeful-about">Despite the Headlines, Ed Davis is Hopeful About the Planet</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Dr. Ed Davis has been a professor at Emory & Henry for more than 30 years, and in that time he has cultivated a reputation for many things. He is known for having a great sense of comedic timing. He’s a stand-out stand-up bass player. He’s an accomplished gardener, a decorated academician, an author of multiple books, and he is one of the country’s leading experts on collard greens.<br/><br/>Also, he’s a committed conservationist. <a href="/live/news/1756-despite-the-headlines-ed-davis-is-hopeful-about" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>