Chronic illness can take many different forms, but the feelings that often accompany it are the same — anxiety, confusion, depression, stress. When I tell people that meditation can help them cope with chronic illness, they often seem skeptical. But in my own life and for the cancer patients I work with, I’ve found that … Continue reading How meditation can help you cope with chronic illness
Tommy Stone remembers two years of pain and discomfort, several surgeries, many hospitalizations and overwhelming frustration. The 42-year-old resident of Roanoke, Texas, and father of two, turned his frustration into resolve to get to the bottom of what ailed him. Based on his symptoms, he and his wife began researching pancreatic diseases. After talking to … Continue reading Islet cell transplant restores quality of life for man with chronic pancreatitis
When diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, you have two choices: You can choose to fight, or you can choose to succumb to fear. Fighters challenge illness, embracing treatment and facing the obstacle of an uphill battle to better health. But as fighters become survivors, it’s not uncommon for them to glance in the rearview mirror out of … Continue reading Fear of recurrence as an illness
One of the biggest frustrations doctors face is patients who don’t follow their treatment plan. Why is it that we so often fail to do “exactly as the doctor orders?” (I know I’m guilty of it…) In a recent radio interview, KRLD medical expert Dr. David Winter, M.D., Chief Clinical Officer and Chairman of the Board of … Continue reading Do You Stick to the Treatment Plan?