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It is a well-written, well documented journey by a well-educated, well-read woman. She has courage, strength, and many, many friends who helped her on her journey. She has worked hard to make improvements to the healthcare system in her province, Nova Scotia.
It's interesting how, for the most part, it is the individual doctors who make such terrible mistakes. The system usually works well if all fulfill their proper roles. Mind you, it is helpful is we live in larger cities, with more services.
I've been getting many people asking me for help with aging parents. It's been tough to read their stories. Some are so angry and want to sue. It really brings me down. It's different than mistakes.
I was so happy to have the College of Physicians talk my my late father's doctor. It was a terrible state of neglect, in terms of pain relief. Robin wrote about reporting her four doctors who neglected her terribly.
Robin has since been speaking at conferences:
Blindsided by sorrow at patient engagement conference
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What really helped Robin was a caring community of supporters. They co-ordinated their support of their family though this website: Lotsa Helping Hands, where Robin could list things she needed doing (groceries, raking leaves, a drive to an appointment) and people could sign up for specific ways in which they could help.