July 18, 2019: How Writing Helps Us Heal

(Preface:  I began this blog nearly one year ago, and, as the anniversary date approaches, I am looking over my posts and revisiting the motivation that initially prompted me to begin exploring the lived experience of heart failure.  I have always written, whether for myself or for publication.  It's the way I make sense of … Continue reading July 18, 2019: How Writing Helps Us Heal

February 3, 2019: What Do You Want in A Doctor?

A three thousand year tradition, which bonded doctor and patient in a special affinity of trust, is being traded for a new type of relationship.  Healing is replaced with treating; caring is supplanted by managing, and the art of listening is taken over by technological procedures.  -- (The Lost Art of Healing:  Practicing Compassion in … Continue reading February 3, 2019: What Do You Want in A Doctor?

January 8, 2019: Flourish: Living a Full Life with Heart Failure

i am running into a new year and the old years blow back like a wind ... it will be hard to let go of what i said to myself about myself when i was sixteen and twenty-six and thirty-six... (From:  The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010, Young & Miller, Eds., 2012) I recalled … Continue reading January 8, 2019: Flourish: Living a Full Life with Heart Failure

December 16, 2018: When Heart Failure is Too Much With Me

Perhaps it has something to do with the season--the holidays and the year drawing to a close have a predictable impact on my thoughts and mood.  There are memories of holidays past, of people and places I've loved, of family who are no longer in my life, and with them, feelings of nostalgia.  It's a … Continue reading December 16, 2018: When Heart Failure is Too Much With Me

November 26, 2018: Finding Hope in Heart Failure

If a man die, it is because death has first possessed his imagination.   (William Carlos Williams, poet & physician) I've been thinking about hope lately.  It dominates the conversation my husband and I have been having since his cancer diagnosis and surgery, intensified now by the possibility of his participation in a clinical trial of … Continue reading November 26, 2018: Finding Hope in Heart Failure