Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I’ve got a brain tumor, what’s your excuse? Want the T-Shirt?

Do you love that line from Suzy Becker’s book? Want the T-shirt?  Well, now you can buy it at is an online enterprise run by Dr. Westby Fisher, Director of Cardia Electrophysiology at NorthShore University HealthSystem at Evanston hospital. 

Their website description says it all: “At, we pick up where diagnosis and treatment leave off. That is, what happens AFTER the dust settles and you go home and they CAN'T fix what's wrong or the fix is tough to live with.
Life happens. Illness happens. In fact, illness will eventually be inevitable for all of us. As the Baby Boom ages, we are becoming aware that living with illness is already a reality for more and more people. Illness in America is still "in the closet." How? Conventional wisdom says if illness has to happen at all, illness should be overcome, fixed, and left behind. We have few role models and few realistic stories about living with a less-than-perfect body, or less-than-perfect health. How we choose to deal with the cards that life gives us is what this site is all about. Whether it is through humor (sometimes the best medicine), support, or just increasing awareness of the diseases themselves, hopes to empower people to live their lives to the fullest. This is where humor, support, patient-to-patient interaction can make the difference. A portion of our proceeds from every shirt helps support a charitable organization related to the shirt's design“

They also have a nice guarantee:  “We guarantee that 10% of proceeds go to the charity designated in the description of the section or shirt. The remainder goes (for now) to support the expenses to run this site. If our proceeds should exceed our expenses, the overage will be also applied to charities for whom merchandise is earmarked.”

Several are witty and written by patients themselves. My current personal favorite is: “The nice thing about being senile is that you can hide your own Easter Eggs.”


DrWes said...

Thanks for the very nice mention, John. All the best to you and yours.

-Wes Fisher, MD co-founder

Anonymous said...


You continue to amaze me. What would devastate others, inspires you. Amazing, in the largest sense of that word.

All the best,
The "other" Barbara from Tokyo

John's Brain said...

Barbara, thanks for the support! How are you doing?