In Honor of Karen: The Road to Palliative Care

The first palliative care "consult" I ever did was on my friend's mother.* The reason it's in quotes is that it is generally considered unethical for physicians to treat family members and friends... and that I actually was not yet a physician. My friend's mother was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme - a terribly aggressive,  virtually …

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Guest Post: Critical Moments

I'm thrilled to bring the first-ever guest post to The Growth Curve, written by my longtime friend and colleague. Pete Beaulieu, DO, MPH, is an intense and fascinating guy who, it turns out, is also a writer. I met this former Marine years ago in graduate school; we both earned an MPH at The Dartmouth …

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Namaste . . . to Myself

So many of the phrases that I use when talking and writing about palliative care - meeting people where they are, starting low and going slow[ly] (when managing pain meds), following the signs that the body shows us - apply surprisingly well to yoga. Yogic wisdom encourages us to go at our own pace, focusing …

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