Monday, October 06, 2008

The bad patient (who saved his own life)

When he was being treated for leukemia, actor Evan Handler learned that being a "bad patient" is literally a matter of life and death:

In many ways, Handler is the ultimate empowered patient. "I learned that I must always remain in control, double-check everyone's work, and trust no one completely," Handler wrote of his approximately eight months in the hospital. "I must have been sheer hell to be around. But I know that my cantankerousness saved my life on several occasions."

Being a "bad" patient probably saved his life.

—Mellow Monk

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