A study of South-East Asian patients recently published in Cancer demonstrates that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be persistent or even worsen in cancer patients up to four years after their diagnosis. “Our data underscore the risk of developing persistent PTSD even years after cancer diagnosis and treatment,” wrote Caryn Mei Hsien Chan, PhD, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Yesterday I met a friend for coffee, although we didn’t know each other well. We met to discuss our strokes–hers hemorrhagic and mine a brain stem stroke. Both of our strokes struck suddenly last year. By the time we left the coffee shop after a 90 minute conversation, we knew one another extremely well. […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Many of our readers know the story of how my colleague, co-author and friend Wanda and I met. Long story short, we were strangers who lived on opposite sides of the country. Wanda was a radio producer, and I was an author. She booked me by email to be on her show, but following our […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A few weeks ago I was seen as a patient at an internationally-known medical center. I’d been referred there for a diagnosis for the lesion in my brain stem. Seconds after he entered the door, my neurologist hit me with a gattling gun of questions: minute details of my medical history from fifteen years ago, when […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Just before Christmas, I was diagnosed with glioma, located near my brain stem. I was scheduled for brain surgery five days later. Brain surgery to biopsy an “inoperable” tumor near my brain stem was not my idea of a fun way to spend my holiday. But I kept my focus positive and looked at the […]Continue Reading... 7 Comments.
For the past three years, I’ve been speaking and consulting on post-traumatic stress disorder. After I accompanied my best friend for treatment that radically changed her life, I began to suspect that my life was unraveling because of untreated trauma. But I was different from other people who suffered PTSD. Or so I thought. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A new study in Scientific American reports that as many as one in three people who experience a stay in a hospital intensive care unit will experience post-traumatic stress disorder. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University checked in with survivors of a life threatening lung injury for two years after they were discharged from the ICU. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A new report in PsycCentral states that one in five patients who undergo spinal cord surgery will develop post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD has been linked to other medical procedures, such as cancer treatment and organ transplant surgery. But this is the first time a link has been made between PTSD and back surgery. Dr. Robert Hart, an […]Continue Reading... 14 Comments.