Category: Patient Advocacy

Jan 09 2007

Are you a cyberchondriac?

It’s a new word to me, but today I learned it’s been around since 1999 (way back then!) Recognizing the web as fertile ground for those who fantasize they are suffering from some dreadful malady, “cyberchondria” was coined as the internet version of hypochondria, of course. As the moderator on the Research Help Board at …

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Jan 08 2007

Ovarian Cancer – an Invisible Disease

She’s elderly. And for more than six months, she has complained with what seemed to be gastro-intestinal symptoms. Bloat, pain, fullness, lack of appetite, swelling and more. Tests on her gastro system including CT scans, ultrasound and an MRI were run and – nothing. Some of her current drugs, including Zoloft, were cut back to …

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Jan 07 2007

In Search of Patient Advocates

In my past life, I was a marketing web developer. As such I learned how to analyze search engines and statistics to see what terms people are using to find my websites. Review of my two main websites tells me that many of you are looking for information about patient advocates or patient advocacy. I …

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Jan 06 2007

Doctors and Ambiguity

One of the great frustrations of my mother-in-law’s trial in the hospital is dealing with her surgeon, AKA “the artful dodger.” In this case, my husband wants to get his arms around what happens after my M-in-L has her chemo treatments. How long will she be in the hospital? What are the options for nursing …

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