For years I was struck by how many of my counselling clients had experienced medical error.
But it was not until I personally experienced medical error and harm that I learned of its ubiquitousness: medical error is the 3rd leading cause of death.
I also learned how most medical associations and governments work hard to keep medical error statistics hidden, and to deny victims and survivors justice.
These are their stories.
Jeff Wood's story is both unique and common.
The unique part is how he researched his own symptoms to get a proper diagnosis from his death bed.
What is common is the years of disbelief by doctors, and the abuse he endured when at his most vulnerable.
Gregory was repeatedly for years told he didn't have Lyme disease in spite of his symptoms.
For years he suffered with symptoms as he was denied Lyme treatment.
Eventually he did get a Lyme diagnosis, but his health care would take an ominous to turn toward lies, cover ups and criminal behaviour.
Donna Penner was having routine surgery but something went horribly wrong and through the failure of her anesthesiologist - Donna was awake during her abdominal surgery, but also paralyzed so she couldn’t tell the surgical team.
Donna could feel every excruciating scalpel cut, and the surgeon moving her internal organs around.
"The Gift of Cancer" - these are the words of Kelly Anne Branco - and in this interview she shares how the medical error and cancer diagnosis have lead her on a journey to take those tragedies and make a greater meaning personally and through patient advocacy.
The medical error impacts every aspect of Kelly Anne’s life, but she has adopted an attitude that forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.
Psychologist and author Brian Hughes talks about his book "Psychology in Crisis" and the weak psychological science in his field.
We chat about the infamous PACE Trial in the UK as a prime example of how bad psychological science can lead to a globally embedded medical error causing harm and trauma to people living with the biological illness Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).
Lisa Alioto is a U.S. lawyer who trained hard and climbed to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Unwittingly to Lisa, conquering that incredible physical challenge would mentally prepare her for even bigger physical - and medical error - challenges.
Felicia thought she was getting minor surgery on her ankle.
Without her consent, and while she was unconscious, the doctor cut out chunks of her calves and implanted mesh in her legs.
Prescription drugs are ubiquitous.
What big Pharma doesn't want you to know is that some people get injured by them.
Physicians frequently dismiss patients' report of physical symptoms as psychological.
For Paul, this so-called diagnosis meant years of suffering as physicians ignored his symptoms, failed to run tests, and failed to provide treatment.
And it almost killed him.
Varda has multiple - catastrophic - medical errors in her family.
An author and environmental activist, Varda shares about living with MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity) and how the willful ignorance of MCS by the medical system is criminal.
Andrea Vedeler is quite ill and very disabled - she is only well enough to leave her home about once a month.
But Andrea has a Hobson’s Choice: Live at a work place rehab institution for a month - or live without income.
Elizabeth had abdominal pain. The doctor shamed her for seeking medical support.
Turns out Elizabeth had a ruptured bowel and the infection was spilling into her abdomen.
But worse medical care was coming...
Documentary filmmaker Mike Eisenberg profiles the Sheridan family, who have been devastated by multiple medical errors.
Mike shares how he is continuing the legacy of his late father and patient safety pioneer, Dr John M Eisenberg.
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As others have learned, whistleblowers pay a price - professionally, socially, financially - and emotionally.
Unfortunately, this episode guests’ trauma and PTSD from health care experiences continues to profoundly impact them.
Lily Kaiser started getting sick while finishing her PhD. At first she was convinced by doctors her physical symptoms were psychosomatic.
Then Lily realized she was being medically gaslighted: psychiatrists disbelieved her and reported that she refused to accept their 'diagnosis'.
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