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.

Our “paradigm changing” programs educate communities about the patient’s role in opening difficult and meaningful conversations with family and healthcare providers. Learn More

Celia Engel Bandman
Double Edged Sword
March 30, 2018 at 1:33 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients
  In a recent KevinMD blog the term “doctor’s emotional switch,” was used by Dr. Mark Abrams to describe the protective coping mechanism ingrained in medical training to objectify their patients and thereby maintain emotional distance. He notes that this approach can have both positive and negative effects.  ...
The Scent of Words
March 4, 2018 at 7:03 am · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients
THE SCENT OF WORDS “In illness words give out their scent… if at last we grasp the meaning, it is all richer for having come to us...” Virginia Woolf On Being Ill (1930) ...

Join us Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 6 PM for an exclusive screening of “The Doctor” at Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington, VT. The film tells the story of a doctor who becomes a patient and discovers the challenges of life from the other side of the stethoscope. Following the screening a Q&A will feature local healthcare providers Dr. Marcus Martinez, Dr. Carol Salazar and Nurse Kiki Smith, who will share their personal experiences as patients. 
Tickets are $25.00 and include the film, discussion and a dessert reception. Limited seating.
TO RESERVE TICKETS: click here or call Oldcastle Theatre at 802-447-0564


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
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