July 13, 2015 by celia


“Even though things inside you might be ripping you up…” Steve Williams, a patient featured in our Difficult Conversations video, tells us “…you put on a good face. For many people it’s hard to ask for help… (more…)

Not Soon Enough

June 24, 2015 by celia

As a member of the Psychosocial Oncology Advisory Panel of Cancer.Net I received an e-mail announcing Dr. Lidia Schapira as the new Editor in Chief. (more…)

To Record or Not to Record, That Is the Question

May 19, 2015 by celia

A journalist who had unearthed one of my blogs written three years ago recently contacted me. (more…)

Hope As A Plan of Care

March 6, 2015 by celia

In my previous blog, Dosing Hope and Reality, I responded to Dr. Gawande’s quest to help patients (more…)


February 16, 2015 by celia

Two years ago, I posted a blog, Inviting Doctors to Tell Difficult Truths about this very subject (more…)

Why Every Patient Should Be Recording Appointments

July 9, 2013 by celia

Like many proactive patients, you might already bring pen and paper to your doctors’ appointments so you can take notes. (more…)

Join Us for A Workshop in Woodstock, Vermont!

April 17, 2013 by celia

“Doctors have a hard job. Not everybody wants to have these conversations.” This insight comes from (more…)

Empathy Unplugged

April 4, 2013 by celia

Empathy.  It’s something all of us would agree is a valuable—and often missing—component of care.  So when (more…)

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…)