Invisibility Is Not A Natural State

June 28, 2017 by celia

“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.

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CCM to present at Vermont Center for Independent Living

June 21, 2017 by celia

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 the Vermont Center for Independent Living will host Center for Communication in Medicine’s (CCM) co-founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman for a program, “How To Improve Communication with Doctors”. The program will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School Street in Bennington, Vermont from 1-3pm. The program is free and open to the public.

SpeakSooner programs introduce the Difficult Conversations Toolkit, a guide developed by CCM to help patients and families identify and communicate questions and concerns about risks and benefits of treatment options, quality of life considerations and supportive care needs – beginning sooner in the course of illness.

An attendee at a recent program said, “CCM offers the community a priceless gift. There is an overwhelming need and thirst for your expertise.” Patients, families and healthcare providers are invited.


IS WRITING GOOD MEDICINE?

June 7, 2017 by celia

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.  (more…)