A Day At Chemo

Here I am with a client and a friend at Beth Israel Oncology Chemotherapy center.  My  client has breast cancer and is receiving bimonthly chemo.  There is usually several of us here with her.  We say we are her entourage.  It makes a difference.  My client says to tell everyone that it is important to…

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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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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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Medicare Administration has a Senior Moment

Yesterday, I wrote about hospice and how Medicare was now paying for end of life planning.  Oops!  I was wrong.  Today, the Medicare Administration states they are removing that regulation and will not pay for it.  It seems somebody in those offices is having a senior moment.  Forgot you gave it the OK?  Are you…

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Second Opinion An Empowered Patient’s Best friend

Second opinions safe lives.  Any time a client receives a new diagnosis or feels they are not getting a full picture, I recommend getting a second opinion.  It has been my experience that doctors often have different ways of treating the same disease.  The treatments can vary dramatically.   The doctor may not even agree…

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A Family Member Becomes An Empowered Patient

My earlier blog was about the moments that cause the start of the empowered patient.  Today, a family member had that moment. I have two aunts with lung cancer.  One has been diagnosed for two years.  She has been getting chemotherapy during this time.  The cancer is gone but something else is wrong that no…

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How Becoming an Empowered Patient Starts

How does one become an empowered patient? It usually begins, as Oprah says with an AHA moment.  Here are some examples of those moments. You just left the doctor’s office being told you or a family member have a new diagnosis and need to get a certain treatment or tests.  You left the office feeling…

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