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These narratives are used to demonstrate to newly diagnosed patients how another in a similar situation coped and did well. The criteria of doing well were defined by me: patients who were able to cope with their diagnosis of cancer so their lives took on a newer and somewhat deeper meaning. These patients may not have lived longer, but they lived better. Their lives could provide hope for others who were newly diagnosed.
Before I had access to patient stories, I had statistics of groups of patients. The cancer textbooks thrive on them. Although we do live in an information-oriented society, most people are more interested in a hope-oriented world. These twelve stories are not all inclusive. The peer-patient narratives represent only a few ways of effective coping. While physicians have a responsibility to inform patients of treatment options, potential risks, and benefits, they also have a responsibility to maintain hope. The outlook would be too grim. However, knowing that the possibility of survival and improved quality of life exists, even if transient, hope can be offered to another patient.
Years ago, a patient sought from me a second opinion. I recommended the same treatment program as the other physician, but I emphasized the survival rather than the lack of it. I gave her hope that had been removed. In this book, you will read her story.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer, this book is about you. If you are a caregiver, you will learn from these pages. If you are a physician or healthcare professional, you will benefit from the patient narratives. If you are one who is living and often faces difficult times, you will find examples of what has worked for others facing similar situations.
This book describes a different approach to the patient-physician relationship.
Patients shared their stories. I reviewed them and found within each a gift. These gifts were not new. On the contrary, reading the words written by the patient simply made the gifts more tangible, more real. Having received a gift does not alleviate suffering, but it may facilitate a more favorable response.
When tragedy or bad news is part of our lives, we will almost certainly suffer. It is necessary. However, we can often focus on such stories and reach out for the benefit gift knowing it is available. It works. Historically, the physician-patient relationship has implied patient dependence on the professional authority of the physician.
Recently, however, the relationship has moved toward shared decision making. Since the patient initiates the relationship, the authors prefer to term the relationship patient-physician.
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The novel approach this book takes demonstrates a mutually beneficial relationship. Both the patient and the physician choose what aspects of the relationship to apply to their own lives. In addition to the intention to help, the physician has an intentional willingness to learn, though the patient may have no intentional desire to teach.
The patient-physician relationship begins with the physician listening to the patient. With the increase in technology, demands on time, increased numbers of patients, and governmental restraints, the inability or unwillingness of physicians to listen has increased. As an example, a patient instilled this simple pearl of practice wisdom in my mind when I was an intern. She had been admitted to the hospital dozens of times for repeated urinary tract infections. Usually, since she presented the same way, she had a culture and was admitted or treated with antibiotics.
During my first encounter with her, she described her symptoms. She detailed how she felt she needed to urinate, and if she could not, she experienced the sensation of urinating within herself. Such a statement might have landed her an interview with a psychiatrist, but the appropriate X-ray demonstrated an incompetent valve, which, when corrected, cured her problem of repeated urinary tract infections. That woman, an unintentional teacher, has helped me diagnose the same condition in many other patients. We appreciate the patients who provided their stories.
We thank them for their willingness to open their lives and hearts to us and to the readers. We are grateful to those who reviewed the manuscript, especially Mrs. Carol Rea, Dr.