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.
Words can bring Healthy Survivors together or tear us apart. One person posted on a listserv a short piece of writing that touched her deeply. While some readers then posted thanks, others criticized the prose as offensive.
One of the many advantages of speaking at survivor events is the opportunity for me to meet inspiring, wholesome, generous, bright, talented, hardworking people who are making their little corner of the world a better place.
People often describe a brush with death or the diagnosis of a life-altering illness or injury as the event that set them on a spiritual journey. An attendee to my keynote address last night suggested a different perspective.
Two days ago I twittered about a video that was spreading like wildfire in cyberspace. I am more than happy to fan the flames. As often happens with popular videos, it has hopeful messages for Healthy Survivors.
How much do you owe your loved ones who are sick, injured or debilitated in some way? This question is not as straightforward as it seems. So I'm going to discuss it in bits and pieces, under this circumstance or that, as regards this particular thing or that. I'll begin by discussing your obligation to hope for improvement.
Americans living in the 19th century would be shocked by what today's Americans throw away. Shoe heel worn down? Throw away the pair. Clothes dryer broken and the warranty has expired? Drag it to the curb, and buy a new one. What does this mean for Healthy Survivors?
The Amazon site "went live" for my new book: Only 10 Seconds to Care has been released! As soon as I got the e-notification from my publisher, I checked the Amazon site -- one of my "favorites," of course -- and what do I see? Oh, no! You are kidding, right?