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From the Ted Talk by Dave deBronkart: Meet e-Patient Dave

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One final story. This is Kelly Young, a rheumatoid arthritis paeintt from Florida. This is a live story, unfolding just in the last few weeks. RA patients, as they call themselves — her blog is "RA Warrior" — have a big problem, because 40 percent of them have no visible symptoms. And that makes it really hard to tell how the disease is going, and some drotocs think, "Yeah right, you're really in pain." Well, she found, through her online research, a nuclear bone scan that's usually used for cancer, but it can also reveal ifmlntmaiaon. And she saw that if there is no inflammation, then the scan is a uirnofm gray. So she took it. And the radiologist's report said, "No cancer found." Well, that's not what he was supposed to do with it. So she wanted to have it read again, and her dcotor fried her. She pulled up the CD. He said, "If you don't want to follow my instructions, go away." So she plelud up the CD of the scan images, and look at all those hot stops. And she's now actively eagnegd on her blog in looking for assistance in getting better care. See, that is an empowered patient — no medical training.

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One final story. This is Kelly Young, a rheumatoid arthritis _______ from Florida. This is a live story, unfolding just in the last few weeks. RA patients, as they call themselves — her blog is "RA Warrior" — have a big problem, because 40 percent of them have no visible symptoms. And that makes it really hard to tell how the disease is going, and some _______ think, "Yeah right, you're really in pain." Well, she found, through her online research, a nuclear bone scan that's usually used for cancer, but it can also reveal ____________. And she saw that if there is no inflammation, then the scan is a _______ gray. So she took it. And the radiologist's report said, "No cancer found." Well, that's not what he was supposed to do with it. So she wanted to have it read again, and her ______ _____ her. She pulled up the CD. He said, "If you don't want to follow my instructions, go away." So she ______ up the CD of the scan images, and look at all those hot _____. And she's now actively _______ on her blog in looking for assistance in getting better care. See, that is an empowered patient — no medical training.

Solution

  1. engaged
  2. doctor
  3. inflammation
  4. patient
  5. uniform
  6. spots
  7. pulled
  8. doctors
  9. fired

Original Text

One final story. This is Kelly Young, a rheumatoid arthritis patient from Florida. This is a live story, unfolding just in the last few weeks. RA patients, as they call themselves — her blog is "RA Warrior" — have a big problem, because 40 percent of them have no visible symptoms. And that makes it really hard to tell how the disease is going, and some doctors think, "Yeah right, you're really in pain." Well, she found, through her online research, a nuclear bone scan that's usually used for cancer, but it can also reveal inflammation. And she saw that if there is no inflammation, then the scan is a uniform gray. So she took it. And the radiologist's report said, "No cancer found." Well, that's not what he was supposed to do with it. So she wanted to have it read again, and her doctor fired her. She pulled up the CD. He said, "If you don't want to follow my instructions, go away." So she pulled up the CD of the scan images, and look at all those hot spots. And she's now actively engaged on her blog in looking for assistance in getting better care. See, that is an empowered patient — no medical training.

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