Reddit is a massive Petri dish of human conversation, rife with peer-to-peer health encounters, so I was thrilled when Jane Sarasohn-Kahn alerted me to this article: “People Are Flocking to the Internet to Crowdsource Their STD Diagnosis—Yes, Really.” It focuses on a subreddit (aka online community) devoted to sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs). Kudos to Parade for […]
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Christine Bechtel, Lygeia Ricciardi, Dave deBronkart, Casey Quinlan, and Donna Cryer published an article in Health Affairs this week: “Why Aren’t More Patients Electronically Accessing Their Medical Records (Yet)?” Please click through and read it — it’s open access. Being a health geek, I read footnotes and every link in this article is worth your time. Bechtel […]
Friends, I have yet another so-extraordinary-it’s-ordinary story of peer-to-peer health care to share. Andrew Wilkinson wrote on Twitter: A few months ago, as a last ditch effort, I posted on Twitter about the horrible acid reflux which I’d been suffering from for almost 10 years. I had tried just about everything. Proton pump inhibitors, dietary […]
My dad was a survivor — of a heart attack in his 50s, kidney cancer in his 60s, and an initial diagnosis of melanoma in his 70s. Melanoma recurrence and complications of treatment are what finally got him. A lifelong runner, Dad kept meticulous notes about his mileage and heart rate on paper. He bought […]
Sunflowers have always been my favorite flower and now I know why: They turn to each other for help. Image: My backyard sunflower patch at its midsummer height (I gave up on growing vegetables this year and reaped a crop of beauty instead).
Some years ago a few colleagues and I got stuck at Logan Airport and we started telling stories to pass the time. One tale has come back to me over and over again, particularly as I cared for my dad during his last year of life, because it reminded me to be open to the possibility […]