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"
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It’s November, National Family Caregivers Month. I don’t usually write about months attributed to certain causes, but in this case -- and in the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in the US -- this is a chance to honor those who took such excellent care of me during cancer diagnosis and treatment. As my readers know, at-home support during the darkest time of my … Continue reading the story "My Caregivers"
Like many patients, I detest going to doctors -- especially since cancer entered my life. Whenever I’m in my oncologist’s waiting room I want to bolt out of there, jump in my car, and careen out of the parking garage. It really doesn’t matter that he’s a wonderful doctor and person. I just want to escape. I also experience panic overdrive when I’m with other doctors, … Continue reading the story "Separation Anxiety"
This week, someone I know told me her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks ago. She described this experience as a rollercoaster, a very fitting metaphor, and then asked for my advice. My first thought was, “Damn, another person diagnosed with this beastly disease.” My second thought was to offer some advice she and her mother would find helpful. So I gave … Continue reading the story "Tips for the Newly Diagnosed"
Wishing everyone a sweet year ahead is a beautiful concept -- whether it’s New Year’s in January or during Rosh Hashanah, which just recently passed. Last year, my goal on Rosh Hashanah was to cast away what I thought was the biggest sin of all -- mistreating myself. My goal last year was to purge myself of the fears that came with doctor appointments … Continue reading the story "Embracing Humanness"