Author Archives: Beth L. Gainer

‘You’re Too Young for Breast Cancer’

Posted on: May 11th, 2009 by

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

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

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

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 …]

Read More About this Post Here

Posted on: April 29th, 2009 by
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Beth L. Gainer is a professional writer and has published an essay on her breast cancer experience in the anthology Voices of Breast Cancer by LaChance Publishing. She teaches writing and literature at Robert Morris College in the Chicago area. She can be contacted at and She also blogs on the … Continue [Read the full story …]

Say ‘No’ to Thugs

Posted on: April 26th, 2009 by

We are able to say “no” to our children, teenagers, relatives, friends, and significant others. So why is it so difficult to say “no” to doctors? Society is groomed to say “yes” to authority figures – particularly doctors. Maybe it’s because we are inundated with TV shows and all kinds of medi-dramas that place doctors [Read the full story …]

Top 10 Reasons to Run Away From a Doctor

Posted on: April 19th, 2009 by
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Clearly, there are doctors who should not perform the science and art of medicine. And medicine is a science and an art because doctors need to balance information from research and their fields of expertise and the art of applying this knowledge to help their patients. Recently I wrote about Five Quick Tips for Choosing [Read the full story …]

Top Five Quick Tips on Choosing Doctors

Posted on: April 17th, 2009 by

In a previous blog, I covered Litmus tests for how to assess whether a doctor is right for you. Here, in a nutshell, are the top five things to keep in mind when considering a doctor — from gateway doctor (primary care physician/internist/family doctor) to specialist: 1. Bring a notebook to your first appointment with [Read the full story …]

A Train Car Named Quagmire

Posted on: April 15th, 2009 by

In a previous blog, I mentioned an instance where I aired my dirty medical laundry on a train car to get what I wanted and needed from the administrative side of the medical system. This is that episode. The drama unfolded with me as lead actor, director, and writer of my medical destiny — oh, [Read the full story …]