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.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Life-Sustaining Advice


23 Kislev, 5773

It's been a busy week for me. I've been interacting with the family of a four-year old undergoing another round of chemotherapy. 

The mother of a young man blinded in an accident has spoken with me at length about the medical professionals and medical treatments I've suggested to them. 

One of my role models is battling kidney cancer. 

The list of heartaches goes on.

All of the emotion invested in that has been taking a toll on me.

I took my own advice and indulged in some humor with friends. I also walked out into some sunshine, rejoiced in the fresh, clean air, pretty sky, and appreciated all the beauty and bounty available to mere mortals for free:

  • Air
  • Scenery
  • Friends to chat with as I stroll about or almost any time.
  • The ability to decide what mood I'm in and which mood I'll work on.
  • Counting various blessings in my life (so many I can't count that high!)

Think of this health-promoting thought when you're feeling down, "The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live." Norman Cousins coined that phrase. It means that we owe it to ourselves to replenish our emotional and spiritual batteries as necessary. Your sense of delight and joy in life does not need to wither. Nurture it with all your might.

Do what you can to refresh your spirits and someone else's when medical, mental health or disability diagnoses get you down. If you need more ideas about how to do that, or how to deal with critics who condemn your negative emotions when they arise, share this idea with the people before you:

"A medical crisis - you'd cry too, if it happened to you." That's what I responded when someone told me years ago that I had no right to cry from learning of a long gone and formerly fatal brain tumor. 

Use your tissues and handkerchiefs with my blessings borne of experience. GOD gives you Permission to Weep. And you can say that to any critics after explaining that "It's MY Crisis! And I'll Cry if I Need To." Your license to cry appears on pages 4 and 5.

Stories to make you laugh out loud appear in subsequent chapters.

Get your grin back despite what's going on. Buy the E-book or print edition today for a brighter look at life and the holiday season: Click on the words EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge

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

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