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
Writing is Good Medicine™
May 16, 2018 at 10:08 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, Patients
Who said, “Poetry is language writing itself out of a difficult situation?” I’m not sure. What does come to mind is the poem “Late Fragment” by Raymond Carver, who was a patient at the time.  ...
…Stories as a Reminder of Love
April 27, 2018 at 8:58 am · Filed under Uncategorized

“Learn the art of fragmented, irrational conversations and follow the patient’s lead instead of trying to control the dialogue.”

- Zen and the Art of Coping With Alzheimer’s Denise Grady, New York Times (August 14, 2007)

Recently a colleague e-mailed me the link to Jane Brody’s New York Time’s article Alzheimer’s Patients Keep The Spark Alive by Sharing Stories.  ...

Our upcoming SpeakSooner Community Education Program, Re-defining Quality of Life: Living Fully With Illness, Disability and Aging, will be hosted by Bennington Project Independence (BPI) on Thursday June 21, 5:30-7pm. A panel will explore the complicated issues surrounding quality of life concerns when facing the effects of illness, disabilities and aging. This program is free and open to the public. To register call 802 442-8136. BPI is located at 614 Harwood Hill Road in Bennington, VT.


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