Here’s what happens when a PR person (like me, for instance) survives a heart attack, but is no longer well enough to return to work. During extended medical leave, that PR person continues to do just what she knows how to do: she writes, she does public talks, she looks stuff up. She launches a blog and gets invited to attend cardiology conferences to speak or to write about the proceedings for her blog readers.
And all around her, people then respond by gushing things like:
“You have taken this catastrophically bad thing and turned it into a wonderfully good thing!”
The late Dr. Jessie Gruman would have likely recognized this not-so-subtle expectation that good patients will somehow take the lemons that life curveballs at them and make deliciously noble lemonade. Continue reading “Does surviving a heart attack make you a better person?”