Times of transition are the occasions when we see our lives and ourselves
most clearly. It is the time to talk. If there is someone in your life
facing a challenging transition, the chance to look at life as a meaningful
whole and speak openly about it is a caring gift.
Patient Conversations, designed specifically for individuals facing
complex transitions, was initiated two years ago at a cancer center in
New England. These conversations proved to be an important way to give
people facing major change an opportunity to talk openly and clarify their
Barbara was waiting for surgery. When her doctor came to say hello, he
found her lying on the gurney, wearing her operatic helmet and braids.
“I just wanted to get a smile from him,” Barbara recalled.
“I wanted him to notice me, to think about who I am as a person.”
Lydia used Patient Conversations to its fullest extent when, with characteristic
honesty and courage, she addressed her past, present and future. From
the start of her struggle with cancer, Lydia wanted to set an example
for others. She found a way to achieve this goal when she was chosen to
carry the Olympic Torch in 2002.
Patient Conversations is tailored to people facing a wide variety of
challenges, as well as the caregivers who tend them. Clients include a
number of doctors who talk about their work, a gentleman diagnosed with
Alzheimer’s who gave the gift of his history and reflections on
his diagnosis to his family, and a number of men who have talked openly
about their struggle with prostate cancer and the way in which it has
affected their lives.
Please Note: To protect our clients’ privacy,
we have not used actual names. However, the excerpts and circumstances
are exactly as presented. Client references and writing samples are available