Hope And Courage Through 14 Surgeries

Spencer is 26, has ulcerative colitis, and recently had his fourteenth surgery in three years.  Some of the surgeries have been up to ten hours while others  were short diagnostic and exploratory procedures.  The last one was supposed to be the final surgery.  Each procedure and surgery offered hope to be  the last.  Infections and…

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Why Listening to Your Inner Health Voice Is Important

There is no doubt that Michele Rosenthal’s PTSD healing journey is inspiring.  She is the creator of the website www.healmyptsd.com., a site that receives over 8,700 visits a month.  Last friday, she was the guest on my radio show, The Empowered Patient.  She has overcome continued medical problems by taking control of her healthcare and…

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What Does Your Doctor/NP Believe In?

The other day I was speaking with an ER doctor about a client of mine who was having chest pains.  My client is a caregiver for her husband.  His illness occurred suddenly and my client spent the first three months trying to get what her husband needed.  She was over the top with stress. I…

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Notes From My Radio Show:The Empowered Patient

On the last friday of the month, I do a radio show,The Empowered Patient. The last show was titled,  The Nursing Home Roller Coaster: Tips for getting Quality Service. My guest was Siri Bani Ludlam, an accomplished artist, mother, teacher and yoga studio owner. Siri Bani’s story is about her mother who was diagnosed with…

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The Confusing World Of Rehab: How It Works

One of the learning curves for me as an advocate was the world of rehabilitation.  It is a system that appears to be easy to navigate but is not.  I had to develop a special radar for understanding the dynamics and innuendos of the system.  Mostly, I had to accept that information was not easy…

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Continued Conversations With Danielle:At The Hospital

Yesterday Danielle’s partner , Spencer had another surgery.  It was a surgery that needed to be pushed up because complications had started.  It had taken much work to get the date moved but as usual Danielle was persistent and tenacious. Surgery was scheduled for 2:50PM but they had to arrive at the hospital at 8:30…

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Conversations With Danielle, Caregiver and Social Worker

Danielle is the caregiver for a client of mine.  She calls me often to sometimes just chat and other times to vent about her frustrations with the healthcare system.  She has spent the last four years assisting her partner receive the care he needs.  It hasn’t been easy at times.  Her partner has needed multiple…

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