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Why I'm "Here"

I did not choose to be on this Lung Cancer Patient/Advocacy Road; it chose me. Had my late mother not been diagnosed with late stage inoperable lung cancer, I can say with a fair amount of certainty, I would not be on this road. We never considered the possibility of lung cancer because we did not know the facts. Lung Cancer is Not Just for Smokers.
I became an advocate because I did not want one other family to face the shock that our family did. NO ONE IS IMMUNE from a lung cancer diagnosis. My goal is to empower people with information in order to give them a fighting chance. My goal is to reframe the issue of lung cancer in order to address the social stigma currently associated with the disease. My goal is to support increased lung cancer research to find the cure.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Communication: a new age old problem

These days, probably been going on for a long time, trying to communicate is becoming increasingly problematic. Actually it's not the communication; it's the other person's comprehension. Why do I know what I think I am saying and quite often there appears to be a disconnect. So why would it be so surprising that 15 minutes in a doctor's examining room is filled with minefields.
I went to the doctor (new PCP) with a list but she would have no part of it. I completed the questionaire in advance however no one seemed to read it. The new office was sent a copy of previous medical records however no one really cared.
I will not let this go however learned, much to my chagrin, that my experience was not an anomaly.
Now, to the best of my knowledge, I have no serious medical condition. Just imagine if this was an oncologist's office or a some other specialist. This cannot be allowed to continue.
I have a call into the office manager and will share my concerns. If I don't get satisfaction, this will be a very short relationship

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