Four days ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. I’m still in shock. I had no symptoms or indicators. During my annual gynecological visit, they did a pap. It isn’t a requirement or even recommended to do a pap for every visit, but my doctor is diligent because of my chronic conditions and family history. A … Continue reading Logs on the fire
I’ve written about the weight of sharing one’s chronic medical conditions for people in the public eye. I’ve also touched on explaining illness in all types of relationships. How does that look? What is your responsibility to share the issues and symptoms that you face? How much and how loud do you go? Who do you … Continue reading Is it a secret?
When you walk into a doctor’s office with acute symptoms, they want to know three things: What are the exact symptoms, what were you doing when the symptoms began, and how bad are the symptoms/pain (often using the ineffective 1-10 scale)? When you walk into a doctor’s office with chronic symptoms, they want to know … Continue reading Tricky symptom speak