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The Medical Mentor


*+-Title: The Medical Mentor: Get the Health Care You Deserve in Today’s Medical System Author: Bob Sheff, MD My Take on this Title: When a physician becomes a patient, some amazing realizations can surface. That’s what happened to Dr. Sheff. When he became a patient, he found out firsthand just how intimidating, confusing, and downright scary it can be to face …

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There’s a time to fight and a time for faith

Senior Couple Embracing In Hospital

*+-Published: November 2008 PA CAREgiver Magazine As I write, my husband, Scott, has been in the hospital for 70 days straight. Needless to say, it has been a long and arduous stay and I am unclear when it will end. More so than any other of Scott’s hospital stays, this one has caused me more frustration and anger, more turmoil …

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Strong at the Broken Places


*+-Title: Voices of Illness, a Chorus of Hope Author: Richard M. Cohen My Take on this Title: Mr. Cohen had me at the title. I want to be stronger at the spots where I’ve been weak before. His book chronicals the lives of five diverse “citizens of sickness”: Denise, who suffers from ALS; Buzz, whose Christian faith helps him deal with his …

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Being Sick Well


*+-Title: Being Sick Well Author: Jeffrey H. Boyd, MD, MPH My Take on this Title: I appreciate Dr. Boyd’s honesty as well as his practical compassion. He, not only shares stories that may reflect your own, but gives sage advice (from both sides of the stethoscope) around issues we need to hear about defining the nature of illness, surviving with dignity and …

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The Four Things That Matter Most


*+-Title: The Four Things That Matter Most – 10th Anniversary Edition: A Book About Living Author: Ira Byock, MD My Take on this Title: Here’s my second favorite book by Dr. Byock. People tend to assume that topics around palliative care mean that you’ve given up hope and are preparing for the end. However, by being aware of all of the possible …

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Four Tips: Making the most of your next doctor’s appointment

Doctor Discussing Records With Senior Female Patient

*+-Do you love your doctor, but hate having to go to doctor appointments? We schedule them out of necessity, duty, or habit, but do you really get what you need from these precious face-to-face interactions with your most trusted health adviser? If you find yourself regularly walking away scratching your head and saying “what just happened?” then your doctor’s appointments …

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When illness gives you lemons, make lemon meringue pie

Slice of Lemon Meringue Tart on a plate

*+-Opening up and sharing life in the midst of chronic illness. My mother was 45 years old when she had me in 1970. Today, having a child at that age isn’t as big of a deal as it was back then. My experience of having a mother born of the pre-depression era was really a special treat because she was …

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