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
The Person Inside The Patient
November 13, 2019 at 9:49 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients
Adrienne Barnes, a nurse diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, was featured in “Voices From The Lived World of Illness,” a video produced by the Center for Communication in Medicine. During the interview she shared her frustrations when her doctor tells her “there’s really nothing I can do for you.” ...
Transforming Medical Crisis into Opportunities to Find Meaning in One’s Life
October 16, 2019 at 1:22 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, Newly Diagnosed, Patients
The Center for Communication in Medicine, which I am a founder, decided that our next SpeakSooner Community Education Program on October 26 in Bennington would focus on the theme of transforming a medical crisis into an opportunity to find meaning and joy in one’s life. Planning this event brought to mind a woman whom I had known from time passed. ...

The recent SpeakSooner® Community Education Film event was a tremendous success! Our deepest thanks all who attended and especially to our panelists, cardiologist, Scott Rogge, nurse practitioner, Alison Malmborg, and patients, Jeff Babson and Barb Barlow. Their honesty and openness was enlightening, illuminating and very much appreciated. 

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