This month’s educational piece is a 15 minute video from a recent TED talk. The speaker struggled with clinging to Hope in the plight of her husband’s decline and inevitable death. It is a poignant piece and strikes to the core of all of us who work in the field of health care and particularly end of life care.

Why you should listen to her:

Amanda Bennett is the Executive Editor of Projects and Investigations for Bloomberg News. Previously she served for three years as the Managing Editor of projects for The Oregonian in Portland and was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal for more than 20 years.

In 1997 Bennett shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for a Wall Street Journal investigation on the struggle against AIDS, and in 2001 received a second Pulitzer Prize, for public service, as the lead of a team at The Oregonian. In 2010 Bennett was elected as co-Chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

Bennett has written six books. Her most recent book, The Cost of Hope, is part-memoir, part-investigative report, about her seven-year struggle within the American healthcare system to save her husband from cancer.

The Cost of Hope illuminates the conundrum Americans face over the high cost of care—the fact that we will do almost anything to keep our loved ones alive because we can’t bear to let them go.”  The Wall Street Journal

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