Author Archives: Beth L. Gainer

China Diaries

Posted on: July 10th, 2009 by
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EARLY Bird Special

Posted on: July 6th, 2009 by

Jeff Stier’s online article “Detecting a Bad Breast Cancer Bill” is so filled with inaccuracies, it simply boggles the mind. As if women didn’t have to struggle enough with the array of information about breast cancer detection — or any cancer for that matter — Stier adds insult to injury by basically dismissing the early [Read the full story …]

The ABCs of HMOs

Posted on: July 1st, 2009 by

Awhile ago, I mentioned that I would address the topic of HMOs and why they are not necessarily the enemy of quality medical treatment. This is the topic of this posting.Disclaimer: I can only speak from my experience and about my particular HMO, and I am not a paid promoter of HMOs.OK, now that we [Read the full story …]

Clueless in New Jersey and Elsewhere

Posted on: June 26th, 2009 by

According to, which has posted an article from, dated June 25 — before Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson died — sad stories about people’s personal battles are just too…well…sad. The story (the link to the full story below) opens describing how Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut shares her personal battle with ovarian cancer [Read the full story …]

Meet Alicia (aka Dr. Mom)

Posted on: June 25th, 2009 by

I highly recommend the Welcome to My Planet blog (see link below). Alicia is a mother of four, who is a great writer and has deeply touched me with her excellent writing. She mixes eloquence with humor, and I have laughed and cried reading her postings. She writes about anything and makes even the most [Read the full story …]

Sense and Sensibility — and Courage

Posted on: June 21st, 2009 by

People who fight any sort of condition — which is most people nowadays — have to reside deep in their hearts to find that all-too-rare commodity: courage. Those with medical afflictions have to find the best advocates: ourselves. My postings have focused on how to navigate the medical system, which is a never-ending gauntlet of [Read the full story …]

7 Common Mistakes Patients Make

Posted on: June 12th, 2009 by

In the same vein as David Letterman’s Top Ten list, I am focusing this posting on 7 common mistakes patients make when dealing with the medical system. I chose 7 instead of 10 because a) 7 is a lucky number and b) I don’t think I could think of 3 more! 7. Allowing their jackets [Read the full story …]

Carrying the Cards You’ve Been Dealt….With Hope

Posted on: May 29th, 2009 by

This posting is about hope. Patients need hope that they can be healed, that they can have minimal suffering, that their families are there beside them, etc. Many find solace in religious faith and/or in knowing that their loved ones are there to support them in time of a medical crisis. It is a doctor’s [Read the full story …]

Those Nasty Gatekeepers

Posted on: May 23rd, 2009 by

Well, it’s that time of the year: the birds are singing, plants are flowering, trees are blossoming — oh, and for me, it’s doctor season. This is that time of year when I have to put all my doctors in a row. On Tuesday, I see my oncologist. I believe I get a double whammy [Read the full story …]

The ‘Why’ Factor

Posted on: May 17th, 2009 by

To be a patient is to be a detective of sorts. You and the doctor need to work together to put figure out what is happening — or not happening — in your body. This doesn’t mean that the mystery will be solved, but a doctor’s job is to figure out what the problem is [Read the full story …]