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The Afterglow of Adversity: Take a few moments to reflect on your life. When have you learned the most about yourself and about life? More than likely, it’s the times of trial and tribulation that informed and influenced your journey the most. Adversity pushes us beyond our previously perceived limits—our comfort zone. The death of loved one. The diagnosis of a serious illness. Grieving significant losses. Termination of employment. Imprisonment. Challenged by life, we can choose to be diminished by life OR emboldened. When considering the choices made by Sheryl Sandberg, Viktor Frankl, and Nelson Mandela, we realize that adversity often serves as a segue to positive transformation. Please join us to explore the afterglow of adversity—the opportunity to rise strong!
FRONTLINE Being Mortal: follow renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. In conjunction with Gawande’s new book, Being Mortal, the film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors — himself included — are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.
What Does It Mean To Do "Everything": Medical Science has made many advances over the past 150 years with the elimination of epidemics and cures for many diseases. The hope and hype generated by this progress has raised expectations amongst medical professionals and the public. Unfortunately, progress follows the law of diminishing returns. All diseases and death cannot be eliminated. Yet the medical system, the medical corporations and drug companies focus on what often is false hope. As a result, doctors emphasize treatment over comfort. Prolongation of life over quality of life. A patient or as a person, you should be fully informed about what a doctor offers. Ask questions and make decisions that are good for you.