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…
Inspiration and support to live your healthiest life.
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.
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…
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…Continue