Taking the Mystery Out of the Medical System
Making your way through the medical system, whether you’re trying to understand your insurance coverage, help a loved one navigate through a health crisis, or are facing a complex diagnosis yourself can be a major challenge. In “Find Your Way,” we offer articles that explain and offer solutions to areas within the complicated medical system that may be confusing or overwhelming. Explanations of various insurance and financial issues, insight from social workers and healthcare advocates, our regular “Ask the Doctor” feature, and other helpful features make up this department.
Rather than allow the logistics of living with chronic disease continue to overwhelm her, Marie began to get organized—a process by which she’s become a practiced patient.
The free Look Good . . . Feel Better program for teens was created especially for 13- to 17-year-olds who are facing cancer. The program provides helpful information for teen guys and girls about how to deal with skin changes, hair loss, nutrition, and fitness and how to keep their social lives on track while going through any kind of cancer treatment.
We never imagined the journey we would experience as caregivers, and I never knew how quickly I would be transformed. Upon hearing my mom’s diagnosis as an 18-year-old girl, my instinct was to ask, Why? But the end of our journey saw me asking, What next?
As my patients reach their forties and start noticing changes in their menstrual cycles, they often start thinking about menopause. Their older sisters, co-workers, and friends may be lamenting hot flashes and night sweats. They may hear stories about their mother’s transition to menopause.
So why do so many of us find ourselves in situations where we wind up thinking, I should have asked this or I wish I had said that or, even worse, This doesn’t feel right to me or I feel like I have no choice? What gets in the way of our being good self-advocates when we have developed so many of the requisite abilities, feel confidently informed, and possess good communication skills?
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 39, I made the decision to keep the diagnosis and treatment details relatively private, sharing my experience with only a very close circle of family and friends. I wasn’t ready to go public. Though I consider myself an outgoing, social person—definitely an extrovert—I just had no interest in sharing this part of my life.
By Stacy London Founder and Stylist-in-Chief, Style for Hire Co-host, What Not to Wear There is no doubt that cancer changes everything. For many women the physical and emotional changes that can result from treatment lead to a sense of despair and to a new self-consciousness about the changes in their physical appearance. The Look […]
with karen M. Fasciano, PsyD Director of Young Adult Mental Health at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Young adults face unique emotional challenges in the wake of a cancer diagnosis. Now treatment centers are increasingly offering special resources and tools to help these patients cope with cancer. First, which patients qualify as young adults for the purposes […]
Prepare for the unexpected. Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Cancer Navigator Kathy Gurland addresses psychosocial issues affecting patients and families. Most anyone who watches TV has seen the commercial with barbarian Vikings asking the question “What’s in your wallet?” The campaign’s goal is to convince viewers to carry the company’s credit card with them at […]
By Susan A. Hobson MD, PhD Q: What is urinary incontinence? Do you avoid running, lifting, or jumping on a trampoline for fear of getting wet? Or do you find you make sure you know where the bathroom is wherever you go so that you don’t have accidental leakage? If either or both of these […]