A Mother’s Journey With Hemophilia, Autism and Sickle Cell Anemia

Last night on my radio show, The Empowered Patient, my guest was Towanna Lowe-Harris, mother of three.  Her oldest son has hemophilia and autism.  Her youngest son has sickle cell anemia.  Her story is one of courage and love. Hemophilia is most commonly, a genetically inherited male blood clotting disorder.  In her son’s case, it…

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Be An Empowered Patient: Ask Questions

I just returned from  accompanying a client to her initial radiation oncology appointment.  My client has breast cancer and has gone through chemotherapy and surgery.  Next step radiation. I have watched her navigate this journey with class, dignity, integrity and LOTS OF QUESTIONS.  She has never agreed to proceed with an any aspect of treatment…

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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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Eating Breakfast While Reading My New Health Insurance Benefits Booklet

My husband rolled his eyes when he saw me at the breakfast table thoroughly enjoying the reading of my new health insurance benefits booklet.  His comment was, “You are probably the only person who reads that from cover to cover.”  Yes, I do and I tell people it is important to read and know your…

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The Empowered Patient: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

The other day I was with a family member in the day surgery waiting room.  This was the second surgery in six weeks for a client with newly diagnosed breast cancer.  Before the first surgery to remove all calcifications noted on the mammogram, the surgeon had kept telling us he thought it would be benign.…

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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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