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
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. ...
Would You Prefer A Medical Fix or Good Communicator?
September 11, 2019 at 10:25 am · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients
I recently stumbled upon an old email from a nurse with whom I worked with many years ago at the cancer center in Bennington, VT.  At the time she had asked me: “Do patients, really want their doctors/nurses to be human?  Or do they want them to do what they were trained to do and fix the problem? ...
“GOOD COMMUNICATION IS GOOD MEDICINE” ™
BREAKING NEWS

 Our SpeakSooner® Community Education Film Series continues on Saturday October 26, 6pm at Oldcastle Theatre with an exclusive screening of The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as patients facing serious illness who find ways of transforming medical crisis into an opportunity to find meaning - and joy! - in their lives. A panel discussion follows the film with cardiologist, Dr. Scott Rogge, nurse practitioner, Alison Malmborg, and patients, Jeff Babson and Barb Barlow discussing quality of life challenges that arise at these pivotal moments. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling Oldcastle Theatre at (802) 447-0564 or reserve online here.

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