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.