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
Do They Know What I Am Thinking?
March 27, 2019 at 12:11 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Newly Diagnosed, Patients
Always interested in receiving feedback about the "Difficult Conversations Toolkit", a patient asked me if I would read what she had written.  “I am unsure,” she said, “of how I have structured it.” “I’d be pleased to read what you have written,” I said. ...
When The Conversation Changes
February 27, 2019 at 9:39 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, Patient Advocacy

"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

In the days when there were video stores I would walk by the film “Iris” countless times, knowing it was a story of the writer Iris Murdoch and her husband’s experience with her cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s disease. ...

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, April 13, 2019, 6pm at the Hoosick Falls Central School in Hoosick Falls, NY, we will present a SpeakSooner community education program “When the Doctor Becomes a Patient”. Exclusive Screening of the acclaimed film, The Doctor followed by a panel discussion with local healthcare providers Dr. Marcus Martinez, Dr. James Carroll, Dr. Matthew Pender and nurse, Patty Ryan, who will share their personal experiences as patients. A Q&A and dessert will follow. The program is free and open to the public.

RESERVE TICKETS here or call CCM 802 442-5800

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