Caroline Hale, of Nashville, is an incredibly articulate recent college graduate who is an exemplary cancer survivor. I was delighted to have her as a guest on our Cancer Survivorship webcast earlier this week, sponsored by Vanderbilt Medical Center. We asked Caroline if she would write a guest blog. She responded with her usual passion to use her medical experience to help others. It is indisputable that the rise in cancer cure rates since the mid 1900s is an outstanding accomplishment by the medical community. If I had been diagnosed with stage III Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the 1960s, it is...

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As you may know, I am a 13-year leukemia survivor and delighted to take no medication and live a full life every day. Because of the many interviews I do with experts it has hit home that I am at higher risk for other cancers, very late effects of the powerful medicines I took in 2000, and, of course, a recurrence of my leukemia. I have become an informed survivor. But I have not been part of one of the few, but increasing, cancer “survivorship” programs. I’ll change that! Participating in one can save your life. That hit home to...

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For 13 years I have been a patient who has interacted with the healthcare system quite a lot – fortunately not an excessive amount in recent years as my leukemia has been in remission. And since 1984 I have interviewed thousands of other patients and healthcare professionals. I have probably heard more healthcare stories than most people in “medical journalism.” So with that history, what would I say about Healthcare reform, especially if a powerful legislator like Senator Max Baucus or one of the “Blue Dog” Democrat Congressmen might read this? First, I agree with President Obama. We can’t wait....

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Greetings from Boy Scout Camp Grizzly in Harvard, Idaho! It’s summertime and, if you have kids, that may mean camp. For me this Summer that means six days as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 457 from Mercer Island, Washington and giving my 12-year-old son, Eitan, just a bit more confidence about going to sleep away camp. He has taken to the camp like a fish to water, earning merit badges and spending two nights camping under the stars. Yesterday Eitan and I were part of a group of nine mountain bikers who “tamed” Mt. Bald after a 4 hour mountain...

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I am just back from Denver, Colorado with my almost 16-year-old daughter, Ruthie. We paid a three day medical visit to The Children’s Hospital there (a beautiful new facility) and also National Jewish, the nation’s top allergy hospital. Ruthie has had stomach pain, inflammation, and iron absorption issues since 4th grade. It has been a limiting factor on her activities. The operative diagnosis has been eosinophilic gastroenteritis, in other words stomach inflammation where an overabundance of a type of immune system blood cell is observed. Of course, the question remains, what triggers all this? Sometimes it is a food allergy....

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This guest blog was submitted by Patient Power's Senior Producer Jamie Machala Today I went in for my yearly well-woman exam. Being that it’s my first blog is that TMI? I guess so, but that’s beside the point. Because of my job and my family history, I tend to be very diligent about my health, usually calling the doctor or the dentist before I get the reminder postcard in the mail. Knowing what I know about medicine, being a proactive patient can get you places…and keep you there longer. After a short wait in the first waiting room, the nurse...

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I have been in hot, sunny Phoenix for a couple of days (it’s been 94 degrees, which local people think is cool for this time of year). I have attended the first annual Healthcare New Media Conference attended by online leaders from many major medical centers across the country. The differing views and activities have been fascinating. We all feel we are on the ground floor of something as we recognize that beyond websites, the public has moved on to social networking a la twitter, Facebook, and all sorts of services courtesy of Microsoft and Google, WebMD, Everyday Health,and many...

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Okay, I know this headline has double meaning when we are talking about ulcerative colitis where inflammation plagues the colon. In this case I am not talking about medical exams, I am talking about the stories of two women, each plagued by real problems from colitis for years, who are now doing great. It’s not that they took the same treatment approach. They didn’t. But in both cases, with leading-edge medicine, it’s working out quite well and they are leading full lives. First there’s Hillary Patton of Carlsbad, California, a guest on one of our upcoming programs with UC San...

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