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. [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

Talk For Hope: Turning Loneliness into a Business

When I meet a person, I'm anxious to know their story. What do they stand for? How has their life experience shaped them? I met Samantha through this article in Business Insider and her story is worth telling. She is a professional hugger. She hugs people for $60/hour and makes $7200 a month. Soon she [...]

Cancer Takes a Dad and Leaves a Family Who Needs Closure from the Doctor

I am touched by the sensitivity of this doctor. Here as an article with pearls of wisdom. WELL Sep 13, 2012, 12:01 AM The Widow's Doctor Visit By MIKKAEL A. SEKERES, M.D. I walked into the examination room and saw her sitting there, her arm around her 10-year-old son, her teenage daughter across the room. [...]

Broadway World Picked Up My Story

It isn't easy to score with free media attention. What was it about my story that captured the attention of this particular online magazine? Was it the catchy title, 'Tongue-Tied: A Story NOT Silenced by Oral Cancer.' Was it the bold flyer designed by my graphic artist at Patadigital Designs? Perhaps, the email came across [...]