Post Archives from the ‘Advocacy’ Category



Much Ado About Something

Posted on: October 13th, 2016 by
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Ari and me (left), my brother and sister-in-law and nephew

Ari and me (left), my brother and sister-in-law and nephew

What a summer and fall it’s been thus far! It’s been a busiest-busy time for me with the launch of my new book, Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care. The book was released July Continue reading the story "Much Ado About Something"

No Bra Day Rant

Posted on: September 9th, 2016 by
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Layout 1 I have news for those imbeciles who invented and/or celebrate No Bra Day: I already set my “boobies” free nearly 10 years ago when I had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. I eagerly set them free because they came close to killing me. Ya see, my right “ta-ta” had a malignant tumor in it five Continue reading the story "No Bra Day Rant"

Gilda’s Club: A Living Legacy

Posted on: September 2nd, 2016 by
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Layout 1 I was saddened to hear about Gene Wilder’s death this week. For years, he and his wife Gilda Radner filled my heart and the hearts of many with laughter. I was devastated when Radner died of ovarian cancer in 1989. However, Wilder helped provide a living legacy, one that has inextricably bound me to the Continue reading the story "Gilda’s Club: A Living Legacy"

Go With the Flow

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 by
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Layout 1 Many people whose lives are affected by cancer or any other serious illness -- whether former/current patient or caregiver -- often experience depression and anxiety. Psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, EMDR, and guided imagery are just some tools that can be effective at combatting intense emotional stress. These and more options can be discussed with medical Continue reading the story "Go With the Flow"

Six Mistakes to Avoid as a Patient

Posted on: August 18th, 2016 by
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Layout 1 I’ve been thinking a lot about medical-related mistakes. Not mistakes that doctors make, but those that we patients sometimes make. While being diagnosed and treated for a devastating disease, patients can and do make mistakes. After all, a serious disease puts us in a hurly burly of medical decision-making and is tough medicine indeed. Now add to Continue reading the story "Six Mistakes to Avoid as a Patient"

Self-Love, Self-Care

Posted on: August 11th, 2016 by
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Layout 1 Last week, I participated in a #patientchat Twitter chat centered on what having a “quality of life” means to each of the participants. And that got me thinking about what constitutes a good life. For me, quality of life is defined by self-love and self-care. Of course, carving out a quality life is an Continue reading the story "Self-Love, Self-Care"

Party’s On!

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016 by
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Layout 1 While my book, Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care, officially launched July 5, I figured, what is a book launch without a party? I will be hosting a book launch party on Saturday, July 23, which will include a reading, discussion, and a book signing. Refreshments will be provided. If you are in Continue reading the story "Party’s On!"

Calling the Shots, the Book, is Here!

Posted on: July 5th, 2016 by
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Layout 1 I'm excited to announce that my book, Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care, is now available! Calling the Shots was intentionally released around the US's July 4th holiday because the book is all about declaring one's independence: * From doctors who do not have a patient's best interest at heart, * From unsavory medical personnel, and * Continue reading the story "Calling the Shots, the Book, is Here!"

So Far Away

Posted on: April 8th, 2016 by
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At the rehab center, I am shocked by the stranger in my father’s room. It is my father. *** My dad’s dementia has progressed so rapidly, so markedly that he is now a stranger to my family. He still knows who we are, but it’s like his very essence – that spark that makes him who he really has been throughout his life – is gone. Oh, Continue reading the story "So Far Away"

Watermelon for a Cure

Posted on: July 29th, 2015 by
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When it comes to cause marketing, I thought I’d seen it all -- until I walked into the grocery store the other day. As soon as I walked in, I saw seedless watermelons sporting large pink-ribbon stickers. And to add insult to pink injury, right next to the ribbon the sticker said, “A Sweet Way to Stay Healthy.” This cutesy message strongly implies that watermelon somehow Continue reading the story "Watermelon for a Cure"