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And I Quote: Amy Cueva on Healthcare Design

  posted on:  April 18, 2018

We need to improve the experience people have interacting with the healthcare system.  Anyone who has experienced a health crisis themselves or with a family member knows how painful and frustrating it can be to navigate. These are emotional situations, and patients and their families need support, empathy, and seamless connections to care. Our healthcare … Continued

A Must Watch TED Talk

  posted on:  April 18, 2018

Healthcare Should Be A Team Sport   Here is a must watch Ted Talk from Eric Dishman on the importance of healthcare being a team sport. Dishman’s talk emphasizes the importance of coordinated care and empowered patients.    

How To Feel Empowered As A Caretaker Or Patient

  posted on:  September 4, 2017

It didn’t take me long after becoming K’s caretaker to learn that the best way to feel empowered is to be prepared. Soon after that, I learned that the key to being prepared when it comes to the medical world is having all of the pertinent information regarding your or your loved one’s current and previous medical … Continued

This Is Healthcare

  posted on:  August 24, 2017

A True Story Imagine a patient, we’ll call her Sam. Sam recently spent seven weeks in the hospital. About five weeks into her stay, it was finally starting to look like Sam would be able to go home soon. The only thing in her way was the need to obtain the necessary home care equipment—a biPAP and home oxygen—and training on … Continued

Portrait Of Nurse With Patient In Background

What To Expect When Hospitalized

  posted on:  June 14, 2017

Regardless of the reason, being hospitalized can be scary. It can also be extremely frustrating. Often, a lot of that fear and frustration has to do with the fact that many people don’t know what to really expect when hospitalized. Sure, you’re packet from the hospital welcoming you to your hospital stay gives you an … Continued

Keeping It Real: Life After A Cancer Diagnosis

  posted on:  May 4, 2017

Remission. The best gift anyone who has ever received a cancer diagnosis can receive. Something to be extremely and eternally grateful for. But, even when remission is achieved, once you have a cancer diagnosis, either your own or a loved one’s, life is not the same. Don’t get me wrong. Personally, life is good. But. But every once in … Continued

Three Ways To Help A Loved One In The ICU

  posted on:  March 27, 2017

I don’t remember much about the first few days of K’s hospitalization. A lot of doctors coming and going. Surgery after surgery after surgery. Tears…oh, the tears. What I do remember, though, is the moment a (lovely) stranger, another patient’s loved one with years of experience in navigating the world of healthcare, kicked the person who was sitting … Continued

One Tip. One Very Important Tip On How To Advocate

  posted on:  February 2, 2017

“If you don’t have a backbone, grow one. If you have one, use it and use it often.”   That, that is the one tip, the tip, on how to advocate for yourself or loved one. I know, it’s harsh. I’m sorry but…I’m not sorry. The lovely lady who I met in the early days of K’s … Continued