Author: Dawn Archbold

Karen Smith’s story: Inserting herself in the middle of her son’s healthcare team saved his life.

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Karen Smith insisted on being a part of the health care team treating her son and father.  Because of her close relationship with both, she was able to notice and prevent errors made by medical staff.  This dedication ultimately saving her son’s life. As a result, Karen founded the nonprofit, Excitant Health, to share her experiences … Continued

Have You Ridden the Antibiotic Roller Coaster?

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For some, the twists and turns can be many.  Amy Moser shares a story of her life changing experience with Fluoroguinolones, and includes lots of great resources for others who may be struggling. Hi there, we need to talk. My name is Amy Moser. I have almost written this post at least 20 times and … Continued

Childhood Trauma Brings on Adult Illness – It Happens to Many of Us

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The story linked below – of a woman’s childhood trauma manifesting in life-threatening illness later in life – really hit home for me. My ‘childhood trauma’ happened when I was 14 years old. Our phone rang at 1:00 am. One minute later, the doorbell rang. On the phone was a doctor telling me my mother … Continued

I Pray For My Patients

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PVI recently was contacted by Dr. Sosena Kebede*, a physician at Johns Hopkins who is passionate about helping patients engage meaningfully as stewards of their health care journey. Below, she writes a heartfelt and brutally honest piece about the obstacles, limits and complexities physicians face in caring for their patients on a daily basis.  It can … Continued