At CMN, our principles and values are unwavering: we believe in compassionate
care and multi-dimensional treatment that fights cancer aggressively while
stimulating emotional and mental healing. We firmly stand by our
treatment program, yet our website does not include any visual patient testimonies (only
anonymous written reviews, accessible
here). This is because we believe in your right to privacy.
Please note, this blog is meant to be a companion to another post entitled Your Story Matters.
CMN firmly believes in the right to maintain your anonymity and privacy
as well as your choice to share your story on your own terms- whether
that be on a public forum or in-person with loved ones. This post is meant
to serve as a reminder that you do have a right to privacy, and the level
to which you would like your story to remain private.
Why Patient Privacy Matters: A Doctor’s Promise
Doctors and medical professionals are legally held to laws and guidelines
that protect each and every patient’s right to privacy; we have
previously discussed this
here in regards to publishing patient testimonies publicly. CMN is an independently
run hospital; we do not share your information with anyone else –
contact information that you share with us; your medical records are highly protected
and never sold. We greatly value your trust, and will never compromise
or break that.
CMN takes the cultivation of a private environment a step further; when
you come to CMN, you have a personal room to yourself only (no sharing
rooms), and each room comes with a door that you are welcome to close
as often as you’d like. This is drastically different from most
traditional hospitals, where most are housed two patients to a room with
sliding curtains for ‘doors.’ We do this also because it has
been noted that, while convenient for doctors to make their rounds, patients’
health may suffer. For example, this may be seen in “the prevalence
of constipation amongst inpatients using a bedpan behind screens in a
6 bedded bay while regularly being asked if they ‘are finished’.
I wonder why we pull the curtains around the bed space before a patient
consultation. The implication that if we can’t be seen we won’t
be heard is futile.” CMN recognizes the significance of your cancer battle, and we want to
go above and beyond and take any extra steps (even literally) needed in
order to ensure that you are receiving the privacy you deserve.
Patient Privacy and You
Patient privacy does not just exist in a hospital, clinic, or waiting room;
with technological advances, privacy is becoming a larger concern, especially
on social media sites. Personal sharing websites like Facebook and Twitter
have only come about within the last fifteen years, yet their presence
has been largely impactful and brings about new meanings of privacy and
what you consider personal.
Oftentimes, we choose what we share on our social networking sites, just
as we do with our friends, co-workers, acquaintances, and family members;
each person is unique, and as such, so is what they choose to share. Some
people may want to update about the daily nuances in their lives, while
others save posts for special occasions. Both are right in their own way,
and all are okay. However, the differences in what unique individuals
choose to share can result in a disconnect best described as an
entitlement because when some people share a lot, they feel as though they deserve
to receive a lot in return.
“Entitlement, or sense that we have the right to have something,
can be a healthy expectation. It is, for example, a normal part of a child’s
psychological development to think that he or she is the center of the
world. Sometimes called healthy narcissism or egocentrism, it is part
of how a child views the world in the early stages of cognitive and emotional
development.” However, this is starkly different from people in your life (whether you
know them well or not) feeling entitled to know about your medical history:
what hospital you chose, why you decided to undergo alternative treatment,
how much you paid… the list goes on.
You do not have to share anything that you do not want to about your cancer
journey; you don’t have to share anything at all, but you are also
more than welcome to keep a public blog, share daily updates, or once-a-month
open letters. It is all up to
you. Even if you are fundraising publicly on a site like
GoFundMe, you do not have to disclose any information about your medical history
or personal feelings if you do not want to. You do not owe anyone anything
other than a “thank you for caring.” Recognize that while
you are fighting cancer cells physically, you are also experiencing changes
and growing mentally and emotionally: you are a rich human being with
many dimensions, and your journey deserves to be a priority because it
is unlike any other.
For More Information
CMN sees you as a human being with innate rights first, and a person battling
cancer second. Your value lies far beyond your health status, and you
deserve to be treated in a way that reflects that. Here at CMN, we work
endlessly to cultivate an environment that you are comfortable in. We
provide cutting-edge alternative cancer treatment while taking every step
necessary to ensure that your privacy is protected, even after you have
completed the program and checked out of our hospital. To learn more about
the treatments we offer, especially those that engage you in healing mentally
and emotionally, click
here to contact us. You can also email us at
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