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
I Want a Doctor Who Can Say…
May 19, 2019 at 2:08 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients
In my most recent blog What Do You Want From Your Doctor, I shared a response to this question by a patient who participated in the Writing is Good Medicine® program I facilitated at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center. ...
What Do You Want Your Doctor to Know About You?
April 29, 2019 at 3:04 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients
In previous blogs I described my role as a medical humanist at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (2002-2005) where I documented the patient’s understanding of their diagnosis, prognosis, treatment plan and the impact of their illness on themselves and family. ...

This June we are offering the first facilitator training program on the use of our paradigm changing Difficult Conversations Toolkit.  The program will be co-lead by Dr. Lidia Schapira, Stanford Medicine oncologist and communications skills expert; Andy Robinson, nationally recognized trainer; and CCM co-founders Bernard and Celia Bandman.

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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
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