Cancer Hacks: Take a Tape Recorder to Your Next Appointment


Cancer Hacks has been live for over three weeks now, and we’ve received hundreds of interesting, thought-provoking and helpful hacks, or tips, for cancer survivors from all over the world. We love your ideas and ask them to keep coming!

HelenHelen Knost, our Director of Stewardship & Annual Giving and a cancer survivor, has a very helpful cancer hack based off her own experiences that she would like to share. Take a look:

I would take a list of questions that I had created before the appointment to ask the doctor, but I found it hard to write down everything the doctor was saying. Trying to simultaneously concentrate and understand hard news was challenging. It was also difficult to remember everything that was discussed in my appointment due to the long words and procedures I was not familiar with.

Because of this, I decided to start taking a tape recorder to my appointment. You can also use a phone or camera to capture everything that was said during the appointment. I would go back and listen several times to fully comprehend what took place during the appointment, and I could also replay it for the doctor and ask them to explain in further detail.

This easy and simple hack helped me dramatically. Take a tape recorder to your next appointment too! 

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