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
What Is Unknown Need Not Separate Doctor and Patient…
December 30, 2015 at 2:29 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients
  It 'Tis the Season'…One of the gifts I received from a friend was a copy of The Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager and the Doomed. I’ve been known to ignore the rules of punctuation. My friend had asked me about my “penchant for the ellipses.” The book defines the ellipsis’ function as “indicating omitted words.” ...
Dealing with a serious illness. Over 120 attend discussion.
November 18, 2015 at 12:56 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals
  Reading the Bennington Banner story about our recent SpeakSooner community program “Building Your Team & Navigating The System” I was catapulted back in time. A few years ago we had been invited by a leading academic medical center to introduce what at that time was our new interactive communication tool—Difficult Conversations Toolkit (Video & Workbook)—to oncology faculty and fellows. ...
Rethinking Cancer
October 5, 2015 at 3:37 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals
        A WORD is dead / When it is said, / Some say. I say it just / Begins to live / That day. Emily Dickinson How often does a word on the page stop you? And, if it does—do you find yourself leaving the page? ...
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

We are pleased to announce the introduction of the Difficult Conversations Toolkit at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (SVRCC). This is made possible through the generous support of the “Cancer Center Community Crusaders”.