Finding A Path Through Illness

There’s no right or wrong way to cope with a treatable but incurable illness. But clear communication about needs and concerns is critical to helping you, the patient, secure both appropriate medical care and emotional support. The Difficult Conversations Workbook uses video of fellow patients’ reflections as a framework for guided writing exercises designed to help you identify and communicate your hopes and goals for treatment and beyond.
Celia Engel Bandman
The Waiting Room Syndrome
February 22, 2017 at 12:59 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients
  “When I think of people in waiting rooms, including myself, I picture us rifling restlessly through battered magazines,” writes Rachel Hadas, Guest Editor of  “The Waiting Room Reader II:  Words to Keep You Company”. ...
Prescribe The Pen
January 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Uncategorized

To be a person is to have a story to tell.  —Isak Dinesen

It’s hard enough that a diagnosis comes along to threaten our lives—does it also have to threaten our life stories? ...
We Do Not Remember Days—We Remember Moments
December 23, 2016 at 8:08 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals

And now we welcome the New Year. Full of things that have never been... -Rainer Maria Rilke

With the coming of each New Year I think about what has passed, passing and to come. But today I find myself not reflecting on 2016. Instead, ...
The most important questions don't seem to have ready answers. But the questions themselves have a healing power once they are shared.
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
Kitchen Table Wisdom

WNYT's Benita Zahn recently visited Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) to talk with co-founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman and patient Kiki Smith. The interview covered a wide range of subjects including barriers to doctor-patient communication, use of the Difficult Conversations Toolkit and how SpeakSooner Community Programs have prepared patients and families to be more effective communicators. You can view Benita's "Health Report" HERE