The powerful are not homogenous. The person-first approach (meet people where they are) can help us better strategize and advocate for partnership and shared decision-making in health choices, research, practice, policy, or equity.

Proem

Greetings, readers and listeners. Have I expressed my gratitude out loud to you recently? I’m grateful for your participation in my musings and curiosity while learning on the journey toward best health. I’m grateful to my guests who allow us some moments of intimacy with them to peek into their passion and expertise. I love that I can roam where the spirit moves me, and you still…


Trust in journalism. Still complicated. Do we value connection over logic? Are we persuadable? What is the mix of facts, context, opinions? Learn from Joy Mayer

Proem

I live in a bubble. Inside the bubble, I can drop my shoulders, take deep breaths, find humor and love, and rest. I’m creative, productive, and silly. Trust soaks the peat under the moss on the floor of my bubble. I feel it squish between toes. Ahhhhh. The bubble moves with me. I can step outside the bubble; the bubble can subtly pop and explosively vanish. Indeed, when outside the bubble, I’m a bit…


Approaching my health as improv. Some stuff work at the moment; some don’t. Listen, learn, appreciate. There are no mistakes. We are where we are, trying again.

Proem (Preface)

I keep a daily spreadsheet of steps walked and minutes playing music. I pause to reflect on my progress at the end of April every year. It’s April 2021. I see that I’ve met my goal of 3,500 steps a day for 360 of 365 days with a daily average of 4,400 steps a day. My goal is to maintain. I have maintained my steps for the ten years I’ve tracked, although I’ve…


We are not our behaviors, diagnoses, or symptoms, but tellers of our many stories & owners of our health. Wisdom from fearless master medical coach, Siri ben Arzi

Proem (Preface)

My mother had eyes in the back of her head. I heard that and thought about it throughout childhood. I’m not a mother. I don’t have eyes in the back of my head. I do know that I am a force, and I create a wake. Think a speedboat, a ship, with that V of water behind it. I’m aware that I have a wake. Sometimes, I can pause during my headlong…


North Star of personal and symptom goals help us operate at peak performance. Stay Well. Get Over It. Live the Best Life Possible. Try it. Makes a difference.

Proem (Preface)

I build most of my podcasts around conversations with my guests. Although I try to craft the story while I prepare, the chat can go anywhere, often in unexpected directions. Then I extract the story after completing the recording during editing. I use the Proem (Preface) and Reflection as vehicles to shape those stories. Sometimes I have no guest, just me talking to you about whatever’s on my mind. These shorter episodes…


Rich with abilities, accomplished businessperson, autism advocate, Jimmy Clare uses mentoring and coaching well, and grabs opportunities as they appear.

Proem

When I meet new people who follow my podcast, whether I know them or not, my heart warms, and my chest swells with pride, humility, and connection. These past weeks my aunt told me she listens to them all, the daughter of an old friend said she’s been listening for years, and Jimmy Clare reached out to me on LinkedIn asking me to interview him. How did you find me? ‘Oh, I’ve been listening for a long time.’ I’m honored…


Rich with abilities, accomplished businessperson, autism advocate, Jimmy Clare uses mentoring and coaching well, and grabs opportunities as they appear.

Proem

When I meet new people who follow my podcast, whether I know them or not, my heart warms, and my chest swells with pride, humility, and connection. These past weeks my aunt told me she listens to them all, the daughter of an old friend said she’s been listening for years, and Jimmy Clare reached out to me on LinkedIn asking me to interview him. How did you find me? ‘Oh, I’ve been listening for a long time.’ I’m honored…


Where are you and your team on the continuum of engagement and partnership with patient-caregivers? Partnering is a long-term relationship. Fortunately, partnership breeds more engagement and more partnership. Take one more step on the continuum.

The last mile of breakfast

Imagine fixing breakfast for your kids and leaving the meal on the counter? It needs to get to the table, the high chair, or the couch and then into the kid’s mouth. Earning money, planning meals, shopping, preparing, cooking, and fixing aren’t enough. They’re all necessary but not sufficient. Breakfast isn’t breakfast until it’s eaten. Think of all that can go wrong between the plate…


Following my person-first approach to health, let’s start with people’s circumstances and life flow, put testing into a context of managing the risk of COVID-19. Then let’s tackle what testing even means, what to expect from testing, and then circle back to the person — how do the results impact our circumstances and life flow?

Proem

People are stressed, tired of the pandemic, more focused on vaccines, fewer people are getting tested. Almost a year later we’re hearing the same questions about COVID-19 testing. We heard:

  • Who needs a Covid-19 test?
  • Which test should I get?
  • What do the results mean?


Learn from the clowns. Embrace failure, take a deep breath, laugh, cry, engage. Revisit chat with Jason Stewart from Laughter League at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Proem

Do you ever feel like you are part of someone else’s play? Especially when you go to the doctor’s office as a caregiver or caree (also known as the patient). You and your caregiver or caree feel like crap; you’re exhausted, you’re cranky. What are we doing here? The staff is unfamiliar (really, they’re strange). What were we going to accomplish with these strange people? I’m a nurse, a patient expert, and a caregiver expert…

Danny van Leeuwen Health Hats

Empowering people traveling together toward best health. Pt with MS, care partner, nurse, informaticist, leader. Focusing on learning what works for people

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