Usually I refrain from criticizing human interest stories or online videos, instead staying focused on all that is good and right. But today I'm making an exception because I know what the person interviewed meant, and I want to clarify.
On this blog -- and everywhere else -- I define the first criteria a different way: "Healthy Survivors get good care...."
I've chosen this latter phrase because some patients, for whatever reason, can't get what most physicians would consider "the best care." Still, these patients can be Healthy Survivors.
The day I was quoted, my intention is clear if you add the implied "for them" at the end: Healthy Survivors get the best medical care possible for them. This takes into consideration the social, financial, psychological and practical factors that help define "best" for each individual.
Another quote in the article is: "The best patients are the ones who have the most knowledge about their illness." I'm surprised I said that, because I don't believe it. To be effective, you only need to know enough -- not everything.
Healthy Survivors do whatever they need to do -- or not do -- to get good care and live as fully as possible.
I'll discuss the quote "Hope cannot be false" in my next post.