Hope As A Vital Sign

March 11, 2013 by celia

Doctors caring for patients facing incurable illness often feel pressure to come up with a “miracle” treatment. But what if (more…)


Teaching What Is Un-Teachable

February 27, 2013 by celia

Poet Emily Dickinson called death “the only One You cannot find out all about.” While modern medical education (more…)


Inviting Doctors to Tell Difficult Truths

February 21, 2013 by celia

“There’s almost always, in every medical circumstance, one more thing we can try,” says Dr. Julie Bynum. But  (more…)


A New Goal: To Thrive

February 13, 2013 by celia

In my last post, I asked whether a message of constant “positivity” might be silencing for patients who might need (more…)


Can “Positivity” Be Silencing?

February 8, 2013 by celia

Nicole Haran’s “Do Great” video features cancer survivors declaring their desire to hear “you will do great.”  (more…)


“It’s Treatable, But Not Curable”

February 1, 2013 by celia

I recently spoke with two physicians about what patients understand the words “treatable” and “incurable” to mean. (more…)


Will Accessing Lab Results Cause More Stress, or Less?

January 25, 2013 by celia

If waiting for test results can be stressful, having direct or immediate access to them poses its own challenges.  (more…)