On May 11 at 6pm The Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will offer a free online webinar, “Coping With COVID-19: The Lived Experience of Patients, Loved Ones and Healthcare Providers.” CCM is committed to presenting SpeakSooner community education programs through our online platform. The panel includes COVID-19 patient Jim Raposa, his wife Claudia, […]
It’s common practice for doctors to document a family history of medical problems. This can be useful information to diagnose presenting symptoms and to identify health issues to which we could be genetically predisposed. So, with this theme in mind, I’m sharing an excerpt from a short story titled “Michagas,” which I wrote many years ago. For those who are unfamiliar with the meaning of the word, it describes a certain ‘craziness’ that is indigenous to Jews.
You never know what you find when digging through old files. In one of many piles was a copy of a lecture presented at Brown Medical School in 1998 titled “Medical Humanism in Practice.” The authors were cancer patient, Pat Barr; psychologist, Dr. Bernard Bandman; oncologist Dr. Letha Mills; and me, at the time serving as a patient advocate at the cancer center in Bennington.
The Center for Communication in Medicine’s (CCM) SpeakSooner Community Education Programs are going strong this spring with trainings scheduled for staff members at Battenkill Valley Health Center in Arlington, VT and Adirondack Health in Saranac Lake, NY. SpeakSooner’s online trainings offer healthcare professionals an opportunity to learn about the use of CCM’s signature tool, SpeakSooner®: […]
On March 22, CCM founders Celia Engel Bandman and Bernard Bandman, PhD will offer a seminar at Rutgers University on the use of SpeakSooner®: A Patient’s Guide to Difficult Conversations to prompt patients to document their questions and concerns in preparing to open channels of communication with healthcare providers. They will emphasize the patient’s voice. The seminar will be […]
As patients, we often don’t know what questions to ask, especially when it comes to inquiring about a serious medical condition.
Somehow myself survived the Night
And entered with the day
Henceforth, I take my living place.
It is a “heart to heart.” It is not with me, but with him—him being someone with knowledge of the disease, with credentials and whom she trusts.
There was a daily calendar on the wall emblazed with the words: “Today is” but there were no pages left.
We have all lost loved ones. Although not forgotten, the departed can recede to the back of our minds unless prompted by a memory such as a photo, song, written note or countless other things personal to the relationship.
I was recently reading the transcript of the “Voices from the Lived World of Illness” video, which the Center for Communication in Medicine produced in 2003. The 4 patients featured in the video shared candid observations about their experiences. In previous blogs I’ve referenced some of their comments. Yet, upon re-reading their words, I am reminded that their perspectives are as relevant today as they were 18 years ago.