Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer by Antoinette Truglio Martin
She Writes Press, Oct 3, 2017 - 256 pages
Antoinette Martin believed herself to be a healthy and sturdy woman--that is, until she received a Stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis. Cancer is scary enough for the brave, but for a wimp like Martin, it was downright terrifying. Martin had to swallow waves of nausea at the thought of her body being poisoned, and frequently fainted during blood draws and infusions. To add to her terror, cancer suddenly seemed to be all around her. In the months following her diagnosis, a colleague succumbed to cancer, and five of her friends were also diagnosed. Though tempted, Martin knew she could not hide in bed for ten months. She had a devoted husband, daughters, and a tribe of friends and relations. Along with work responsibilities, there were graduations, anniversaries, and roller derby bouts to attend, not to mention a house to sell and a summer of beach-bumming to enjoy. In order to harness support without scaring herself or anyone else, she journaled her experiences and began to e-mail the people who loved her--the people she called My Everyone--She kept them informed and reminded all to "hug everyone you know" at every opportunity. Reading the responses became her calming strategy. Ultimately, with the help of her community, Martin found the courage within herself to face cancer with perseverance and humor.
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Integrative Medicine Clinician's Journal Focus
How to Cure the Sick Health Care System: An Open Letter to President Trump from Leaders in Functional/Integrative/Natural Health and Medicine
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Creating Health in America, One Person at a Time: A Message for Incoming President Trump
Following the presidential election, an op-ed piece was published in November 2016 in the Economist magazine under the title “The Presidential Election: Illness as Indicator”1 in which an interesting graph from the Seattle-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation was published. The graph related increase in support for Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, compared to individual county health metrics that represented a weighted index of obesity, diabetes, heavy drinking, reduced physical exercise, and lowered life expectancy.
Health as an Economic Strategy
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Health Care System and Addressing the Determinants of Health
The US population is sick and becoming sicker at all ages. For the first time ever in our history, children born today are projected to live shorter lives and suffer a heavier burden of disease than their parents. Yet we spend much more per capita on health care than any other country. Something is fundamentally wrong. America cannot be great if her people are sick and dysfunctional. In this article, we address the fundamental causes of the health care crisis and the transformational thinking and leadership required to restore our people to health.
Personal Responsibility and Consumer Engagement
I have been asked to write an open letter to you as our new incoming president of the United States. The reason I was asked to write this portion is that I have had a private family foundation for almost 20 years and am very well known in integrative medicine circles.
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