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
20 Years Later
January 13, 2020 at 3:00 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients
It’s a new year but I find myself reflecting on times past. So much for the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne, “Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind.” What catapulted me back in time was a recent article in the Journal of The American Medical Association (JAMA) that highlighted the patient’s perspective of illness. ...
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.” ...

Join us for "How to Improve Communication with Doctors" A SpeakSooner® Community Education program sponsored by the Vermont Center for Independent Living.  Wednesday, January 15, 12:00-1:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School Street, Bennington, VT. 
For more information, to register and/or to request accommodations contact Lynn Mazza, 802-442-1876, lmazza@vcil.org  or Charlie Murphy, 802-445-3015, cmurphy@vcil.org 

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