DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS WORKBOOK:
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.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS

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

A MEDICAL HUMANIST'S NOTES
Celia Engel Bandman
Invisibility Is Not A Natural State
June 28, 2017 at 2:39 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients

“We need to raise our voices a little more, even as they say to us, 'This is so uncharacteristic of you.’ Invisibility is not a natural state for anyone." MitsuyYamada

After each of our SpeakSooner community education programs I would ask myself, “How did this program differ from the one before? And, what was the take away?” I often wonder if others ask themselves the same questions. What brought this to mind was an e-mail I received from a hospice social worker who often attends our community programs. ...
IS WRITING GOOD MEDICINE?
June 7, 2017 at 12:41 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals
I don’t know who it was that said poetry is defined as a language writing itself out of a difficult situation. What I know is illness is one of those situations.  ...
“GOOD COMMUNICATION IS GOOD MEDICINE” ™
BREAKING NEWS

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 the Vermont Center for Independent Living will present a SpeakSooner program, “How To Improve Communication with Doctors” at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School Street in Bennington, Vermont from 1-3pm. The program is free and open to the public. Patients, families and healthcare providers are invited. For more information click here or contact us at 802-442-5800 or b.bandman@speaksooner.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