Dr. Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, cancer survivor, and award-winning and best-selling author of books about cancer: Healthy Survivorship, recovery and late effects, and raising children when a parent has cancer. She is also a public speaker, patient advocate, and mother of three.
Kairol asked on her blog if she should delete "Spaz" as a friend after he wrote on her Facebook wall: "Is medical stuff and malignant masses really all you are into now? … It’s like people are born again and only talk about Jesus. If this is annoying or rude, delete me as a friend and I’ll understand."
Chapter 2 of Jane Brody's Guide the the Great Beyond is entitled, "A Good Death: There's More Than One Right Way to Die." She highlights three messages that reflect the philosophy of Healthy Survivorship:
As captain of Wendy's Eagles, I personally invite you to become a Wendy's Eagle for the 2009 Dallas Lymphomathon. My team is a motley crew of friends and kids and kids' friends. Whether in person or in spirit only, you can join Wendy's Eagles.
On my Feb 18th post I told you about a new book by Jane Brody, subtitled "A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally, and Emotionally for the End of Life. My copy finally arrived in the mail. Upon opening it and quickly thumbing through the pages, I got a surprise:
Stock tip: Buy Kimberly-Clark, makers of Kleenex. How'd I get the inside scoop? This morning I attended the funeral of a girlfriend's husband, a great guy who adored his family and kept his sense of humor until the very end. I must have lost ten pounds in tears.
Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Trudy Rubin wrote an important editorial about the unintended consequence of an economy-driven, shrinking pool of foreign correspondents. "Okay," you say. "And what in the world does this have to do with Healthy Survivorship?"
Patients who have suffered or are suffering from breast cancer may have trouble understanding the reluctance of previvors to undergo prophylactic mastectomy (removal of healthy breasts) or oophorectomy (removal of healthy ovaries).
For 18 years I've been talking to invisible people. No, I haven't gone off the deep end into psychosis. Sitting at my computer every day, I write to the people I'm imagining in my head. But yesterday I spent the day with some of my readers.