DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS WORKBOOK:
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.
A MEDICAL HUMANIST'S NOTES
Celia Engel Bandman
WHO IS IN CHARGE OF MY CARE?
November 30, 2016 at 1:14 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients
  Tacked to my bulletin board within my line of sight are the words of Dr. William Osler,a 19th century physician who pioneered taking medical students out of the classroom to learn at the bedside. Dr. Osler understood that medicine was more than science. He encouraged the students to: ...
CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE JOYS OF CAREGIVING?
September 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals
  For those of you who were not able to attend our most recent SpeakSooner community education program “Being A Caregiver & Caring for Oneself: A Delicate Balance” (August 16 at the Manchester Community Library), I’d like to share a moment from that evening. ...
Regret…
August 3, 2016 at 1:11 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals
  I received an e-mail from a friend. The subject: “Regret is an important teacher...” My eyes focus on the ellipsis, not the Huffington Post link. I think about the power of three small dots to punctuate what is left unsaid. In an instant my mother’s words, which in time had become her mantra, echoed in my mind’s ear: “You never regret what you don’t say....
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