We talk a lot about cancer on Patient Power. There’s plenty to talk about. But millions more people have a totally different health problem – they have a sick heart. Beyond helping a damaged heart muscle pump as well as it can, even at a diminished level, what if the cells of the beating heart [...]
The old joke about psychological therapists is they are among the biggest consumers of therapy themselves. Lately, I have been noticing more and more how a significant portion of the people we meet wearing white lab coats have a very personal connection to the medical work they do. For them it is not a job, [...]
I felt terrible about it, but I gave up my 21-year subscription to The Seattle Times a few months ago. I go to the gym every morning, ride the recombinant bike (to go easy on my back) and only have time to read one newspaper. I decided it was important to focus totally on what [...]
The other night we had a very provocative discussion about prostate cancer treatments. There are many treatments and, unfortunately, no clear answers as to which is the right one and when. Yes, there are strong recommendations to do this or that in a given situation, but is anyone in urologic oncology really sure what’s best [...]
Some weeks it is hard to decide what to blog about BUT NOT THIS WEEK!
First: I am thrilled to call your attention to our new pages on patientpower.info. We’ve added video that showcases “Powerful Patients,” we’ve added stories and photos from these people and others, we’ve added “Voices from the Heart” inspiration, and started [...]
When I was diagnosed with leukemia in 1996 I knew nothing about the disease except that it was deadly. I also didn’t know anyone with the condition, chronic lymphocytic leukemia. So, with help from a neighbor, I went on the Internet, found the right listerv on www.acor.org, and started corresponding with people with my condition [...]
My wife works for Microsoft. At 48, she is older than a lot of the healthy whiz kids there. Most don’t get sick very much. But when they do, it’s the same break in productivity that we all face: Get in the car, hit the road, get caught in traffic, search for parking, sit in [...]