The Patient’s Voice

The Patient's Voice

Practice Makes Not Perfect: Striving After Cancer

Carolyn Cormeau 

As a 7-year breast cancer survivor, my primary feeling most of the time is awe and gratitude that I’m still here. I can savor life’s small moments and big events, [ Read More ]

Breast Cancer, The Patient's Voice

I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends: The Role of the Support Group in Breast Cancer Survivorship

Carolyn Cormeau 

Wow, those meetings must be sober events.” I’ve gotten this and other similar comments regularly over the past 6½ years since I received my diagnosis of stage III breast cancer [ Read More ]

The Patient's Voice

Can I Trust You?

MMA 

I do not think my situation is unique. I live in a large city with horrendous healthcare. If you do not live in such a city, you may not believe [ Read More ]

The Patient's Voice

Commentary: A Nurse’s Voice

Penny Widmaier, RN, MSN 

It has always been my opinion that nurses are often expected to be the healthcare professionals who “do everything.” After much frustration with this over the years, I have come [ Read More ]

The Patient's Voice

The Devil Is in the Details

MMA 

If I had to grade my oncology nurses, I would give them, as a group, an A+. They have saved my life, cleaned my privates, kept me company, rejoiced with [ Read More ]

The Patient's Voice

Adherence to Therapy at Home: The Personal Touch

MMA 

I spent 8 long months in a city far from my own, undergoing intense chemotherapy and then an autologous stem cell transplant. Eventually, after a longer-than-I-would-have-liked stay in the hospital [ Read More ]