Roads We've Traveled

Medical

  • Notes from the Road: My Health Insurance by the Numbers

    May 21, 2017

    Numbers With the passage of health care reform in the House and all it could entail, I began going through my insurance records from 2012-2014, when my Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia was at its worst. And I found a number I’d like to share with you. That number is: 746,686. That number represents the combined cost […]

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  • Ordinary Heroes: Boston Cancer Support, Part II

    April 25, 2017

    BOSTON – When Susan Chaityn Lebovits and Beth Freeman teamed up to form the non-profit Boston Cancer Support (BCS), they wanted to identify and address some of the most pressing needs of cancer patients, their families, and the clinicians who work with them. To do this, BCS holds Cancer Collaborative workshops across the state three […]

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  • Ordinary Heroes: Boston Cancer Support

    April 12, 2017

    BOSTON – Imagine that you’re sitting in your doctor’s office. You’re not sure what exactly what’s happening but you do know something is very wrong. Maybe you’re constantly weak or exhausted, maybe you’re in severe pain, or maybe you’re covered in bruises that you don’t remember getting. And then, your doctor comes in and he’s […]

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  • Notes from the Road: Blood Brothers

    March 16, 2017

    Bloodwork to Blood Brothers

    On Wednesday, August 1st   2012 I learned I had two blood brothers in the truest medical sense. It was the usual hot and muggy New England summer day. My father came to get me in Littleton and drove me to Lahey Hospital for the next part of my Chemotherapy treatment: Lumbar punctures -- spinal shots to deliver medicine to my brain to keep the Leukemia from spreading there. I reported immediately to the blood lab. There they would draw a sample of my blood to make sure it would clot before they went ahead and stuck a needle in my back.

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