From the Back Cover
"There's something in your lung."
With those words Dave deBronkart began an unwanted odyssey: he had metastatic kidney cancer, spread silently throughout his body. Online, he read that his median survival time was 24 weeks.Laugh, Sing and Eat Like a Pig
is Dave's story in his own words: excerpts from his cancer journal and later writings as he discovered the e-patient movement - "Empowered, Engaged, Equipped, Enabled" - and became its best-known blogger, speaker, and government policy advisor.
The true story of "e-Patient Dave" will inspire you and fill you with a sense that a new world is beginning, a world in which empowered patients partner with medical professionals, to truly help heal
healthcare.Advance praise:"In my list of greatest personal reads."
"Was it my cheering or tears, the intimacy of the story, the caring nature of the community, the power of his vision, or just my awe of his guts? I suspect it was for all of those reasons and more that Dave's book now ranks in my list of greatest personal reads."
-- James B. Conway, MS, FACHE, adjunct faculty member of the Harvard School of Public Health; Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
"Listen up to e-Patient Dave. A must-read."
"If you want to be an empowered patient - and you should - listen up to 'e-Patient Dave.' His lessons on participatory medicine can save your life just as I believe they saved his. Dave's story has inspired me, and I'm sure it will inspire you. Dave's a pioneer in the empowered patient movement, and Laugh, Sing, and Eat Like a Pig is a must-read for anyone who wants to take charge of their healthcare."
-- Elizabeth Cohen MPH, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent
Author, The Empowered Patient
(Random House)"Required reading for patients and doctors"
"Dave embodies the idea that the patient is the most underutilized resource in medicine. His spirit, wisdom, and fearlessness are contagious. This book is required reading for patients and doctors, to learn how we can work together to make health care better."
-- Roni Zeiger, MD, Chief Health Strategist, Google
"An enormous impact on medicine"
"There is no doubt that Dave has made an enormous impact on medicine. He has been featured in Time and US News, testified in Washington, DC and now his wisdom and advice are available in this book to anyone facing a serious disease."-- Kent Bottles, MD, President, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement
About the Author
"e-Patient Dave" deBronkart was diagnosed in 2007 with renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) at a very late stage. His median survival was just 24 weeks; with tumors in both lungs, several bones, even in muscle, his prognosis was "grim," as one web site put it.
Online since 1989, Dave used every resource at his disposal: a strong mental attitude, online research, great treatment at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess, online medical records, an online journal for family and friends, and online forum of kidney cancer patients. He beat the disease in less than a year, then discovered "e-patients," who participate actively in their healthcare. He began blogging as e-Patient Dave.
An accomplished speaker and writer before his illness, today Dave is engaged in opening health information directly to patients, as public speaker, policy consultant, and Founding Co-chair of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He's testified in Washington, appeared in Time, US News & World Report, the Boston Globe, and was named to the HealthLeaders "20 People Who Make Healthcare Better."
"This is the first time in my life I've felt I have a calling," says Dave, "something I can't get away from: it's what I need to do. I've had plenty of fulfilling jobs in a great career, but not a calling. This is it."