Save your sanity, time & money!

You need to know how to meet your medical and/or mental health needs NOW. You're struggling to survive moment by moment. And you need your dignity.

You're rushing to appointments (the ones you remembered) and/or wondering which treatment to use. Meanwhile, your costs are rising, your needs are changing and you hardly know how to make sense of what to do first, second and later. What about the emotions boiling inside you? How can you calm down with all that's going on?

A former medical coder and medical writer, I've been in your position. I survived a life-threatening emergency with information only a person with my professional experience would know: How to find medical innovators, medical experts and charitable organizations willing to pay part or all of an applicant's specific medical costs, who has software to simplify medical appointment scheduling, a sensible list of items to pack for hospital stays, and more.

I knew that I'd pulled through because of my ability to connect with resources I needed. I knew that most patients lack that knowledge. I decided to provide it, to minimize your suffering.

I believe in empowering terrified, confused and unhappy people with dire diagnoses. I believe that patients should not suffer insults to their dignity in medical settings. I provide information that can help you to manage your problems better, maybe to end them, in the book.

Calm down. Organize your life better. You just might get your grin back.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Request to My Readers: Do YOU or Someone You Know Have Prosopagnosia?


9 Iyar 5772

[My apologies! I neglected to make this post go "live" earlier in the day]

You know that I'm an author, but I do have a journalism side to my life. Once in a while I post messages about that on this blog.

I'm developing a feature story about Prosopagnosia, the inability to identify faces. You might have seen the 60 Minutes show about that. My assignment is to interview someone with prosopagnosia.

I need factual information regarding the personal impact  of prosopagnosia on its sufferers and their loved ones, the latest findings on causes, co-morbidities plus treatments, statistics etc. I do not wish to repeat information already available on the Internet. I want to provide original insights from affected persons and their support team (doctors, therapists, friends, relatives).

I'm familiar with Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and The Mind's Eye. I seek newer developments, insights, and successes beyond what is described there.

The angle of my presentation would be telling the story of a person who is face blind. 

In addition to studying available information about Prosopagnosia I need to interview a prosopagnosic (ideally more than 1) willing to let me write of their situation. I am certainly willing to leave out identifying information and allow a person to retain their privacy. I seek only to know the impact of prosopagnosia upon them.

Can you possibly help me to connect with such persons? I'd need proof of their diagnosis, too.

Mental health is one aspect of the topics covered in EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge

Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity.
Face Your Future with Optimism.

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