Today, we're featuring a blog post by S. Adams. As many of you know, I've been interested in the environmental impacts that cause cancer. Today's entry touches on one aspect of that. Thank you for contributing this very important perspective.
We're getting ready for a new year! Starting in 2013, we'll be honoring a special Awesome Cancer Survivor every month. Do you have a special cancer survivor that you'd like to nominate? Take the time to nominate your favorite cancer survivor now! After reviewing the 1000s of emails we receive here at awesomecancersurvivor.com, we recognized it's time to honor you!
Are you ready to celebrate your survivorship? Share your story with us, we want to make sure awesome cancer survivors are highlighted every month!
Each month, a special blog post will be dedicated to the Awesome Cancer Survivor of the Month. Since they are so good with promotional products, to honor our special cancer survivors, they will receive the official Awesome Cancer Survivor T-Shirt made by QLP. They will also receive an official Awesome Cancer Survivor coffee mug made by QLP, as well as a selection from our bookstore. To round out the award basket, the Awesome Cancer Survivor of the Month will also receive our custom baseball hat from QLP.
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A market research company has reached out to my foundation, The Staley Foundation, to help gain some insight regarding breast cancer treatment therapies. More specifically, they are interested in hearing from breast cancer survivors that are taking Generic Anastrozole.
The survey is for women age 39 or older that are currently taking generic Anastrozole (arimidex).
I recognize that dealing with cancer can be a difficult experience and that you may not want to participate in market research. Please feel free to disregard this request.
If you are willing to share your experience, you will, of course, be compensated for your time. The interview is conducted via an online survey and will last approximately 10-12 minutes. If you qualify and complete the survey, you will be mailed an honorarium of $50 within the next 30 days.
Please note this study is only open for a very short period of time and will close on December 16th. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me directly. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration!
As a patient, I define participatory medicine as working in a collaborative way with my doctors, nurses, caregivers, and family members for the ultimate goal of improving my health. As a 20+ year cancer survivor, I'm fortunate that my healthcare has always been handled in a participatory way. I've learned very early in my cancer journey how important strong communication is with my healthcare team and my caregivers. I've learned everyone working to restore my health, including me, need to work from the same set of information. When doctors don't communicate with other docotors or even their patients in a timely manner, the patient suffers. When a patient and doctor work together to understand the patient's diagnosis and treatment options, and share information about the path they need to take to restore the patient's health, the outcome is always better.
Fortunately, more and more patients and providers are understanding the importance of Participatory Medicine. As a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, I've had the chance to meet so many patients and providers that truly live the participatory medicine mindset. The Society is working very hard to create a framework and dialog for improving healthcare for everyone.
Participatory Medicine is a cooperative model of health care that
encourages and expects active involvement by all connected parties
(patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, etc.) as integral to
the full continuum of care. The ‘participatory’ concept may also be
applied to fitness, nutrition, mental health, end-of-life care, and all
issues broadly related to an individual’s health.
I think this is an excellent definition that helps us all recognize the importance of creating stronger, more collaborative relationships with our healthcare providers and family members when working to acheive our best health.
I am a Participatory Patient
I've been a participatory patient from the first day I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's in 1991. It hasn't been an easy road, but I know I've been fortunate to work with providers and healthcare teams that worked with me to help restore my health.