Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Medical Day Planner - Review and Contest!




I can't be more enthusiastic about the book The Medical Day Planner: The Guide to Help Navigate the Medical Maze by Tory Zellick. This book is just that - truly an amazing guide. It's a portable, easy-to-use planner, designed for patients or caregivers to keep track of information necessary during the course of a loved one's cancer diagnosis. It allows you to easily track doctor's information, medication history, treatments, procedures, tests and scans, appointments, hospitalizations and also includes a 52 week day planner. These sections all cross-reference, allowing you and your caregiver to be prepared during the course of your illness.

Not only are there spaces to write down and keep track of this information, there are pages with information on why you should keep track, what terms mean, and other helpful tips for both patient and caregiver alike.

I wish WISH WISH I'd had this book at the beginning of my diagnosis. I have advocated often that patients  get themselves a binder and put in all scan results, pathology reports, medical test outcomes, blood tests and other medical records as well as job/disability paperwork. Having a well-organized binder to flip through has come in handy more times than I have been able to count, but they can get unwieldy and there are things missing, such as appointments, scan dates, doctor information, medications that you will need down the road. This planner provides a place for all that and more - giving you the ability to keep all of that in one compact book. With the two things, a binder for your medical paperwork and this book to keep track of everything else, you will have every aspect of cancer treatment and history covered and will need no more.

I am the messiest organizational freak you will ever see.  I am a sucker for all organizational tools but I must say, this is one of the best.  I am in love with this book.

If you are newly diagnosed with cancer, start with this book. If you are metastatic, this is one place your loved one can go to find out all that information when the dreaded day comes you can't answer these questions yourself.  Take some time and fill it out for them.

Hmmm.....does my husband know when my last scan was? Who my doctors are? What my medications are? Probably not. All those are typical questions asked when admitted to a hospital, and there it is, right at your fingertips.  It will be so handy for a caregiver to have during that sad time - one less thing to worry about.

I haven't come across a product I like as much as this one in a long, long time.  Can you tell?

Because I like it so much, I've asked the author, Tory Zellick, to be my guest this Monday on my blog talk radio show, where we will be talking all things caregiver.  No, it won't be about this book only - we will discuss all aspects of caregiving, including how we as cancer patients can make it easier, how to best care for yourself as a caregiver, and how to emotionally prepare for the end.

And, here is the best news:  Tory  has agreed to give a book away to one of my readers! Honestly, this is a prize you want, whether you have just just been diagnosed with cancer, or are in the middle of your journey.  And, it is the perfect gift for that newly diagnosed person.

How do you win, you ask? It's easy!

Please either make a comment on my blog. (You may do so anonymously but please "sign" your comment with something that I can identify you with. Too many "anonymous" will get confusing.) Or, if you have trouble posting a comment, you may make a comment on my ButDoctorIHatePink facebook page about the book.  There will be a post dedicated to these comments.  If you haven't liked me by now, go right ahead.    And, as an added bonus,  if you "share" it from my page, I will give you two entries.

 You have until Wednesday, August 1st at midnight PDT. Thursday, I will take all qualified entries and draw them out of a hat and annouce the winner, probably via video.  Tory will then send out a copy to you.

Also, please  "like" Tory's page on facebook too. Extra karma points go for that one.

Enter. You will love this book!

16 comments:

  1. Ann, you're a natural in your new role(s)! God's continued blessings on you and yours.

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  2. Okay...I will enter, but I think I want to get it no matter what. After I am done with it, I will leave it at my oncologist's office, I'm sure it will be more useful than all of the other stuff they have there...all of it scared me senseless and as you can tell I haven't gotten my senses back!

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  3. I'm entering by saying that this is an amazing idea. And because I have yet to getting to filing my past 3 months and I want to win. lol. Thanks! and I love your blog :)

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  4. Entering but still buying the book based on your testimonial. Mi hate the org. Books the advocate gave. Like u said too bulky and not the right info, IMHO
    Thanks as usual for your bringing good products into my chemo filled life

    Sheryl s

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  5. ACS will provide a newly diagnosed patient a plastic expanding folder with many pockets - I was signed up for one at my first chemo round but didn't get it for months and it was too late.

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  6. You mean to say it will improve upon my 'foot-high stack of documents in no particular order' system? Wow.

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  7. This would be such a help to my haphazard system I use now ha! Looks very organized! I'm AmyF on breast cancer.org. Love your blog here.

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  8. Love that this book has been written. I'd love to be able to give it to someone recently diagnosed to help them through the process.

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  9. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for telling us about it!

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  10. Hi Ann,
    I have spent the last few days reading your blog from start to current date. As a newbie I can see the benefit of this book. Not to mention that I have bookmarked any blog entries that I think may be beneficial as I begin treatment.
    I love and can completely relate to your humor.
    Thank you,
    Jo Anne (from New Brunswick, Canada)

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  11. Ann, please put my name in the hat. I love this book and believe it will be an invaluable resource to anyone who is put into the position of a caregiver. I'm sure Tory will do a fabulous job on the talk radio program. xx

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  12. Would love to win. Good luck with the talk show.
    (katie31)

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  13. I would love to win this book. Thank you for giving one away!! I really enjoy your blog! <3

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  14. Great blog and wonderful idea with the book. I would like to win so that I can give it to my daughter who is fighting her own battle with cancer.
    Thank you,
    Anne Wentworth

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  15. I enjoy reading your writing. You tell it like it is friend!

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  16. Please enter my name in the contest. I would really love to see this book. Thanks.

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