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Internet Research

Patients are often told to avoid the internet. This is because the internet really is a dumping ground for both information and misinformation. More and more, doctors are appreciating their patients’ efforts to participate in their healthcare. This is especially Read more…


It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. I encourage you to check out their website and even sign up for the IWSG Newsletter. Today I will look back Read more…


Symptom Record

Last week, I sent my email list subscribers a PDF of a symptom record. I promised that after returning from my trip to Virginia, I would give you some ideas of how to use it. I tried to keep the Read more…


Physical vs. Office Visit

There’s a difference between a general physical and a regular office visit. Knowing the difference can save you a lot of frustration when dealing with your doctor.What’s an office visit?An office visit is when you will discuss a new or Read more…


Have you ever thought about what it’s like to have limited English speaking skills? How would you handle things like a doctor’s appointment? There are things such as disabilities, and being a Limited-English speaking person (or LEP), which can affect Read more…


Medications

After reading last week’s post on the 3 T’s (time, transportation, and a trusted friend) you’ve arrived at your oncologist’s office with time to spare. You check in and before you know it, the nurse calls you back to the examination room, Read more…


It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. I encourage you to check out their website and even sign up for the IWSG Newsletter. Today I will share my Read more…


Trusted Friend

Having cancer means spending lots of time in medical appointments, and every appointment is important. Unfortunately, these appointments can be frustrating. It’s easy to feel like your doctor isn’t listening to you. Sometimes it can be hard to understand everything Read more…


Taking a break at Pacem in Terris

Have you ever been working on a laptop and didn’t realize that it became unplugged? All of a sudden, you get the warning notice that the battery is nearly drained. The more this happens, over time, the faster the battery will drain Read more…


Survivor's Guilt

When you or a loved one are diagnosed with cancer, survival tops your priority list. As time passes, you meet other cancer patients. Some of them survive. Some of them die. Learning that one of your friends has died of cancer, always Read more…

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