Friday, July 20, 2012

waiting, reading and waiting rooms

Time spent in waiting rooms may be the least mentioned part of anyone’s testing, diagnosis, and treatment for lung cancer but for me when I felt I might actually hear life ticking away that time was priceless.

Indirectly my daughter (my faithful sidekick and emergency contact through most of the journey) and I become aficionados of waiting room lung cancer publications and materials.

Personally I can still appreciate a Highlights Magazine and even would have preferred one for a distraction especially when waiting for some appointments such as biopsy results.

Waiting on my most recent appointment with my thoracic surgeon, we found ourselves scanning through and soon discussing Patient Resource Lung Cancer Guide even commenting to ourselves that this 25 page magazine style booklet with glossy reinforced covers is the best we had read in the seven months of appointments.

Following the cover instructions … “FREE! Take one home.” I later Googled around and found:
Patient Resource Lung Cancer Guide     This new publication provides lung cancer patients and their loved ones with the details they need upon diagnosis. The guide is published in partnership with the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and all content has been thoroughly reviewed by medical experts who treat lung cancer patients. The information includes details regarding treatment options, staging & pathology, symptom & side effect management and the many advocacy and financial resources available.

Or, download an immediate PDF version of the brochure.

Knowledge empowers.

by Patrick Leer
Caregivingly Yours, MS spouse caregiver

1 comment:

  1. So true that knowledge empowers Patrick. It is interesting they have this type of info in the waiting room; you would think it would be given by the doctor after the appointment? Regardless it does seem like it was a valuable resource for you.