Never Give Up: A Story Reframed

What kind of high school student knows they want to go into a healthcare profession? Someone special. Nine-hundred young adults at the PENN HOSA (Healthcare Occupations Students of America ) Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference dressed in blue suits and white button-up shirts filled the Lancaster Host conference room, representing 85 schools across Pennsylvania. [...]

Do You Yell At Work or At Home? Learn Vocal Hygiene

  I am guilty of misusing my voice. I'm not a sports coach; I don't teach a large exercise class; When I lecture, I always use a microphone. However, from as long ago as I can remember, I was always being told, 'lower your voice.' I never hit my children, but I would yell. Radiation [...]

By | 2015-12-04T16:16:09+00:00 December 4th, 2015|Oral Health, Speaker|2 Comments

Speaker Hoarseness: Vocal Hygiene

My frequent hoarseness drove me to see a specialist to rule out cancer with a laryngoscopy. Then, I had 8 sessions with a speech pathologist who specialized in 'Vocal Hygiene,' (I love that title) for preservation and healthy maintenance of the voice. My hoarseness improved even on days when I went in with a hoarse [...]

By | 2016-10-14T15:18:13+00:00 August 3rd, 2015|Overall Health, Speaker, Storytelling|3 Comments

What does HOPE mean? Not necessarily ‘a CURE.’

If you ask a cancer survivor what HOPE means to them, their answer may not necessarily be 'a CURE.' It may be 'feeling well enough to attend a family event in two months,' or 'accomplish a task within the week', or  'have a pain-free moment'. After my presentation at Grand Rounds, I had a tour [...]