Finding A Path Through Illness

There’s no right or wrong way to cope with a treatable but incurable illness. But clear communication about needs and concerns is critical to helping you, the patient, secure both appropriate medical care and emotional support. The Difficult Conversations Workbook uses video of fellow patients’ reflections as a framework for guided writing exercises designed to help you identify and communicate your hopes and goals for treatment and beyond.
Celia Engel Bandman
To Attend or Not to Attend, That is the Question
April 13, 2016 at 1:06 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients
  As we ready ourselves for the first in our 2016 SpeakSooner community education series I ask myself how does one decide whether or not to attend a play, movie, or, in this instance, a community program. Is it the subject matter, panel of experts, a friend’s invite, a colleague’s suggestion or the reviews? ...
Small Town—Not So Small Talk
March 21, 2016 at 3:02 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals
  I recently ran into a friend at the Price Chopper, a local supermarket and frequent meeting place. “I love reading your blogs. Sorry I missed your community program last November on dealing with illness,” he said. “But you know me,” he continued, “I don’t want to talk about it.” ...
The End Is Where We Start…
February 15, 2016 at 12:33 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals
And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from T.S. Elliot • The Four Quartets A friend, who has been living with multiple myeloma for the past seven years, forwarded me the link to “Not Just a Death, a System Failure” (link below) which appeared in the February 2 issue of the New York Times. After reading the article I found myself catapulted back in time. As a member of the cancer center staff, albeit a medical humanist and not a healthcare provider, I attended weekly staff meetings.  ...
The most important questions don't seem to have ready answers. But the questions themselves have a healing power once they are shared.
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
Kitchen Table Wisdom

SpeakSooner Panel Discussion a Great Success! Over 100 people attended Finding Your Path Through Illness & Getting The Help You Need at Oldcastle Theater. Read the news coverage here.