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!