Archive for March 2013

Bedside Manner: Five Stupid Things My Doctors Have Done

Bedside Manner: Five Stupid Things My Doctors Have Done
In my support groups, online and face-to-face, we talk about everything from our fears and anxieties to our jobs and children. We worry, complain, cry, advise, console, and question. Not surprisingly we talk a lot about our doctors, and let me tell you, we have a lot to talk about. A doc’s bedside manner means... Read more »

Five Stupid Things My Doctors Have Done

In my support groups, online and face-to-face, we talk about everything from our fears and anxieties to our jobs and children. We worry, complain, cry, advise, console, and question. Not surprisingly we talk a lot about our doctors, and let me tell you, we have a lot to talk about. In the past seven months,... Read more »

Does Cancer Cause Running?

Every day on Facebook people appeal to me, and probably to you as well, for money to support cancer research. They seem to always be running marathons. You have to ask yourself, does cancer cause running? Runner’s World lists almost 100 groups that sponsor running and walking events to raise money for cancer. People don’t just... Read more »
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For Christmas, I got my doctor a laminated diagram of the female urological system

For Christmas, I got my doctor a laminated diagram of the female urological system
When I sit in the waiting room at the urologist I am usually the youngest and prettiest person in the room. This is proof that all things are relative and visible support for the national statistics about bladder cancer. The median age at diagnosis in the U.S. is 73 and 75% are men. Of course... Read more »

I wish I could spend more time in the office

I wish I could spend more time in the office
When you “get” cancer, you lose a lot of things. You might lose your hair, an organ or part of an organ; you might lose your peace of mind, your faith, your belief in the future. You lose a lot of time, from hours-long infusions of chemotherapy to day-long bouts of exhaustion, from minutes and... Read more »

Medicine is an art, based on science

Medicine is an art, based on science
When I was first diagnosed with bladder cancer, I quickly discovered that medicine is an art. It is, sure enough, an art that is rooted in science, but it is art nonetheless. Don’t get me wrong. The men and women who practice medicine immerse themselves in science, in evidence, and in research, but instinct and... Read more »
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