Updating the Advocacy Activities of Robin and Mike

Robin and Mike have a discussion about their current activities in healthcare advocacy, and how advocacy can be beneficial to persons dealing with personal challenges in medical conditions

A conversation with Deb Violette

In this episode Mike talks with his long-time friend and dedicated advocate for lung cancer, Deb Violette, founder of Free ME from Lung Cancer.

Food for Thought: The Work of Community Servings

Dear Fellow Travelers: Yesterday (Dec 6), Joyce and I had the pleasure of talking with Suzanne Robertson, a professional dietitian who works with Community Servings based in the general area of Boston Massachusetts. According to information on its website (http://www.servings.org) this nonprofit organization delivers homestyle meals each day to some 1300 people in a 215 […]

A Present Dilemma

Dear Fellow Travelers: An article in the AARP Bulletin for November, 2012 entitled To Test or Not to Test by Chris Woolston is the basis for our conversation today. In that article Woolston cites an eye-opening statement made by the chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, Otis Brawley, M.D. that deserves serious consideration. […]

Point of View

Dear Fellow Travelers: I believe in optimism; a positive attitude, good Karma, any of a dozen other phrases that emphasizes outcomes that are successful or are more advantageous for the individual. I believe that a person who looks at a glass as half full instead of seeing it as half empty can deal with adverse […]

On Becoming A Powerful Patient: Mike’s Proverb #1

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” Mark Twain Dear Fellow Travelers: I sort of like this putting a quote at the start of these conversations, for it takes a lot of […]

Make a Difference in Your Health Care — Speak Up!

Dr. Leana Wen, co-author of “When Doctors Don’t Listen,” talks with Joyce and Mike about the importance of making sure you and your doctor understand each other. Speak up the moment you have a question, the moment you don’t understand something the doctor said. Don’t let more time—and more opportunity for misunderstanding—pass by. The work that you do will revolutionize your interactions with your doctor, and potentially change how your doctor interacts with future patients as well.

Meet Mike Lawing, Cancer Navigator, Health Advocate

Joyce talks with Mike Lawing, a colleague and friend through patient advocacy work. Mike is a delightful guy with a rich Southern drawl. Mike Lawing was diagnosed with kidney cancer 15 years ago. He has spent those years taking good care of his own health, and has also become very involved with cancer survivorship and advocacy for patients and their caregivers in a number of ways.

Filmmaker talks about life with a rare disease

Tarek McCarthy developed his love and fascination for film at a very early age through acting and modeling. As an adult he stepped behind the camera, and was soon off to a successful career in directing and producing documentary films dealing with humanitarian and environmental issues. McCarthy talks with Joyce about his experiences living with a rare disease, and how it has shaped his character.

10 Mistakes every Patient Makes and How to Fix Them

Joyce speaks with patient advocate and author Trisha Torrey, author of You Bet Your Life! on how to get the healthcare you deserve.