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.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Promoting Morality in the Medical Research World


27 Elul, 5773

Medical research is a mystery to many people. Some of us hope that the researchers "Know what they're doing." Others of us worry "What ARE they doing? Especially with my body parts/pictures/laboratory samples etc?"

Not everything goes into a trashcan.

The Henrietta Lacks saga brings 
a medical research nightmare
to heartbreaking life.

Listen to this TedTalk about the need to sort out the moral and medical issues for many compelling reasons.

The Henrietta Lacks story teaches important lessons about patient privacy

Protect yours with 

  • Pro-active questions, 
  • Memos to medical practitioners and a 
  • Constant inquiry into what is being done with your removed or repaired body parts and lab samples (your urine, blood, mucus, spit, feces, cells, skin, etc.).
Follow up on troubling comments and situations. 

You are your own best advocate. Have a relative or friend assist you if necessary.

Patients can be active in improving health care. Patient passivity is so decades-ago!


Part of being a patient is about being treated with respect, before, during and after surgical or medical procedures.

Need to know how to protect your privacy - and your preferences -  even as you lie in a hospital bed? Read the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge. It clues you in on how to deal with rudeness, life and death issues and yourself. 

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

Face threats to your privacy with forthright statements and actions.


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