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.
I ended my last post with a question: Is it wrong to hold your tongue and let them [patients] believe what they want to believe...if it's helping them feel better emotionally and is helping them get good care?
In my Jan 14th post I shared how my failure to achieve a workout goal on the treadmill makes me worry I don't have what it takes to survive a stem-cell transplant (sct). A long-time subscriber commented, "[This] does not sound like you...If you stop after one mile, it probably means that you just don't have it that day...."
My 1/14/11 post refers to a post -- Why We Quit -- by a Buddhist physician who believes we quit when we can no longer avoid paying attention to the idea of quitting. He recommends building resilience by "trying again, no matter what the reason you failed before."
Theresa Brown is a nurse who appreciates the healing power of patients' humor. In a December 1, 2010 article for the NYTimes' Well blog, Brown shares a few anecdotes that illustrate how she is often amused by patients' stories that others might consider offensive.