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Infusing Change - Experts by Experience

What if I told you the hardest thing about living with a genetic bleeding disorder, like hemophilia, isn’t the joint damage, the surgeries or any of the other physical hurdles? What if I told you, what “hurts” the most is going through a lifetime worth of struggles, disappointments, obstacles, and… [...]

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Dear Doctor: Hope and Options - Experts by Experience

I recently spoke to 165 first-year medical school students at the University of Pittsburgh. It was their first day in the class, “Introduction to Being a Physician,” which is dedicated to the doctor/patient relationship, and focuses on humanism in medicine. The preceptor told me that previous students, who are now… [...]

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Finding Gems in the Rubble - Experts by Experience

It was two weeks before Christmas and just days before both our birthdays. We had been married only four months, and it would be our very first birthday and holiday celebration together. I had been thinking about my life as a wife – married life – with children, a yard,… [...]

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Empathetic Doctors Make Empowered Patients - Experts by Experience

“So, tell me what’s been going on, Chris.” I watched intently as my neurologist – who I had only met thirty seconds before – settled into his chair in the exam room. Upbeat and cheerful, he had a smile on his face, which is just what I needed at that… [...]

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When the Fearful become Fearless - Experts by Experience

The drip-drip-dripping of the sink in the radiology room echoed loudly in my brain as I waited for the pathologist. I just had a biopsy done for two spots on my neck—one suspected to be cancerous. “A nodule,” my primary care physician had previously explained at my annual physical. The… [...]

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Hope for the Best, and Plan for the Worst--Experts by Experience

Life, as I knew it, was crashing down. I was sitting with my wife in the oncologist’s office and had just been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. But, I was about to experience some of the most optimistic and hopeful words I had ever heard. My doctor could have… [...]

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If Remission is the Goal, Why Do I Still Feel Bad? Experts by Experience

Photo Credit: Wisdo Everyone always talks about being sick. My life took an unexpected turn after I was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). I was lost, trying to navigate the nature of this new disease, this new identity, in a new college where no one seemed to understand. So,… [...]

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