Author Archives: Beth L. Gainer

Sense and Sensibility — and Courage

Posted on: June 21st, 2009 by
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 …]

‘You’re Too Young for Breast Cancer’

Posted on: May 11th, 2009 by
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You need to be taken seriously, no matter your age. As someone who went through breast cancer at a young age, I can speak to the younger person’s perspective. I’m using my experience, but you could substitute any condition, and the activism involved is the same process. Quite a number of doctors told me … [Read the full story …]

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Medical Administrator?

Posted on: May 6th, 2009 by
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Answer: Not the patient. As covered in previous blogs, when navigating the medical system, bully/incompetent doctors are just one of the many hurdles you face. Other huge hurdles that we patients face include those administrators whose job, it seems, is to make life difficult for us. As if dealing with illness and life-threatening conditions weren’t [Read the full story …]

Survivor’s Guilt

Posted on: May 1st, 2009 by
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This is how the story goes: I had a friend around my age. She died. I lived. I lived because she died. Faun and I became fast friends, well, fast. We met at a breast cancer survivor’s group, and even though I was the newbie to a well-established group, she and I hit it off. [Read the full story …]

Cancer Myths

Posted on: May 1st, 2009 by
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“You’re Fired!”

Posted on: May 1st, 2009 by
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In a previous blog, I mentioned that I would share my know-how of hiring and firing doctors. Long before “the Donald” made “You’re Fired!” the catch-phrase of the millenium, hiring and firing people was and is a part of doing business. But despite all the sweet business deals to be had, there’s no business more [Read the full story …]