Patient Stories

Aspergillosis Survivor Reaches the South Pole

Chris Brooke has survived aspergillosis, had 40% of one of his lungs removed and has proved that deep serious fungal infections need not limit your life outlook. It should be mentioned that as Chris had surgery he was one of the lucky few who can have the part of...

Travelling in a Wheelchair: A patient’s story

Article originally published in the Hippocratic Post Wheelchair travel by land, sea and sky; easier would it be that a camel pass through a needle’s eye. The holiday companies cheerily name themselves ‘Accessible Travel’ and ‘Can Be Done’ to tempt the disabled...

WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER? by Elizabeth Hutton

Good old Freddie Mercury classic - 'hitting the nail on the head' brilliantly!  The one sure thing in life is that we're all going to die - we're all headed in the same direction - and yet it's a subject most of us prefer not to think about or discuss.  Having faced...

‘I’M STILL STANDING – (ME ‘N ELTON!) by Elizabeth Hutton

… And Breathing! Reasons to be cheerful – thanks to Derby Royal Hospital I finally was given the correct diagnosis and, importantly, excellent treatment from the team of Consultants in the Respiratory Clinic, which means my breathing is the best it’s ever been!  After...

My Story: When I was dying….

I shouldn't imagine there are many people who are still here to be able to tell a tale with the above title! Background: For many years I suffered with periods of dreadful ‘flu-like symptoms, unable to stop coughing, night sweats and exhaustion – and was consistently...

Listen to 2015 Hippocrates Prize Open winners

The £5000 Hippocrates Open First Prize for Poetry and Medicine (hippocrates-poetry.org) for 2015 was awarded to poet Maya Catherine Popa from New York City for a poem inspired by her neuroscientist great grandfather.  The Hippocrates Prize is an annual award for...

Listen to Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry & Medicine 2015

Parisa Thepmankorn from Rockaway, New Jersey received the £500 2015 Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for 'Intraocular Pressure'. The other shortlisted poets were Daniella Cugini from Warwick in England for 'the surgeon dissects his lover' and US poets Alex Greenberg from...

Listen to all the winning Hippocrates NHS poems

The Hippocrates £5000 NHS first prize (hippocrates-poetry.org) went to former counsellor Kate Compston from Cornwall for a poem about revealing the diagnosis of dementia.  The Hippocrates Prize is an annual award for poetry and medicine with a closing date of 31st...

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