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Healthy Aging, Diseases and Conditions, Caregiving
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Disease/Illness, Aging, Mental Health, Pain, Aging Advice
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Being with my husband and children; reading; walking; playing violin
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While there's life there's hope (Cicero)
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About Wendy Harpham

Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, 21-year cancer survivor, best-selling author, nationally recognized speaker and mother of three. From both sides of the stethoscope, she discusses healing clinician-patient bonds and self-care, with the ultimate goal of helping patients to get good care and live as fully as possible.

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DrWendy's Blog

The First Recurrence

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 9:00am 1 Comment

Everyone assumes that receiving a cancer diagnosis is the most shocking, frightening, upsetting and life-changing news you can get. But I can think of a worse diagnosis: recurrence.

In a recent Oncology Times column titled The First Recurrence, I…


Mammogram of the Thyroid?

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 10:00am 3 Comments

One day I was lying prone on a specialized table with surrounding xray machines in preparation for my stereotactic breast biopsy. I asked, "May I please have a thyroid guard?"

"Sure," the tech answered and promptly got me one. She wrapped…


Scan Anxiety and Healing Hope

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Let's look at the challenge of coping with the evaluation of a worrisome symptom. What hope helps you?

From "Real Good News" (Oncology Times, September 25, 2011):

I, for one, don't spend time and energy hoping for good news.... [because years ago, when dealing with cancer, the] tension between hoping for good news and knowing I might get bad news was exhausting. Since I couldn't change how much cancer I had, sometimes…


What is a Healthy Survivor?

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 7:30am 1 Comment

After my cancer diagnosis, I was a survivor regardless of what I thought, felt, said, or did. Consequently “survivor” did nothing to inspire me to meet the challenges of my illness.

Usually when I don a hat—“student,” “doctor,” “wife,” “mother”—I modify it with a qualifier that motivates me to excellence. From my first day of medical school, I've strived to be a compassionate doctor. From the moment my husband slipped a gold ring on my finger, I've done my best to be…


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