Why We Don’t Want to Be Our Own Patient Advocates

In Breast Cancer, Creating Happiness, Recent Posts by Barbara Jacoby

Let’s be honest about it.  If you asked others if they want to become involved in their own medical health and treatment, most people would probably respond that they have no medical background so they prefer to leave it to the professionals. They would probably feel that it was irresponsible to even consider becoming involved in such a thing.  Such …

Doctors Motivating Patients

In Breast Cancer, Creating Happiness, Recent Posts by Barbara Jacoby

I recently read an article about the different ways in which doctors try to motivate their patients to engage in some sort of behavior modification.  Different techniques were discussed that can be utilized to prod patients into losing weight, to quit smoking, to exercise more, etc.  The more that I read that story, the sadder I became.  What in heaven’s …

The Power of Patient Stories: Learning Moments in Medicine

In Breast Cancer, Recent Posts by Barbara Jacoby

When I was introduced to this book, I was immediately drawn to it by the title and I knew that I had to read it.  Although it was written for those in the medical field, the idea that the author, Paul F. Griner, MD, was sharing specific patient stories as thought-provoking scenarios, was exciting.  Each story (chapter) ends with questions …

Happy 5th Anniversary to Let Life Happen

In Breast Cancer, Creating Happiness, Recent Posts by Barbara Jacoby

Today marks the 5th anniversary of Let Life Happen.  We are 260 weekly blogs on the site mostly addressing breast cancer and domestic abuse but covering a rather wide range of subjects.  As I contemplated what I should write about on this auspicious occasion, I started to wonder what I wrote about in that very first blog.  I can’t tell …

Do We Expect Too Much from Our Doctors

In Breast Cancer, Creating Happiness, Recent Posts by Barbara Jacoby

I am a huge proponent of finding the right medical professionals to help us to live a healthy life and to assist us when and if any medical problems arise.  I suppose that I base my expectations on the doctors who accompanied me on my two journeys with breast cancer and reconstruction and parathyroid/thyroid surgeries and subsequent treatment.  It wasn’t …

You Have Cancer? What Next?

In Breast Cancer, Recent Posts by Barbara Jacoby

You’ve just heard those three words from your doctor, “You have cancer”, and you know that your life will be changed forever.  Now what?  If you are like me, you will do what your doctor tells you to do as you speed through all of the testing and preparation for round one of either treatment or surgery.  And before you …

Breast Cancer: Business Shows Kindness With Scarves

In Breast Cancer, Creating Happiness, Recent Posts by Barbara Jacoby

A couple of months ago I was contacted by a very lovely individual, Bethany, with a very special request.  She, like many others, has family and friends and co-workers who have been personally affected by breast cancer and she wants to make a difference for them by incorporating assistance from the business for which she works.  In her own words, …

Breast Cancer Awareness: You Take Control

In Breast Cancer, Recent Posts by Barbara Jacoby

Every year in October, I become very excited when I see all of the support and dedication that is given to breast cancer awareness.  I have a great appreciation for all that is being done to raise funds for research and for providing monies for testing for those who can’t afford it.  This year, I got to see a 10K …

What the heck is BRA Day?

In Breast Cancer, Recent Posts by Barbara Jacoby

On September 18th, I received an invitation from Dr. Saul Berger & New Age Aesthetics to stop by their offices to pick up a special skin care gift bag in honor of BRA Day.  Dr. Berger is the surgeon who did my breast reconstruction after my double mastectomy so I appreciated the invitation to see him and his wonderful staff …