When Your Doctor Has Bad News
Simple Steps to Strength, Healing, and Hope
When the diagnosis is serious, what makes the difference between hope and despair? As a practicing oncologist, Dr. Al Weir works daily with patients who receive bad news. A medical doctor with a pastor’s heart, Dr. Weir knows from experience that it’s the patient’s focus, not the diagnosis, that indicates whether one will slip into despair and hopelessness or have the courage to live each day fully. Resilience of spirit can powerfully influence recovery and healing, and within our crisis, the choices we make are important. When Your Doctor Has Bad News offers no easy answers, no quick outs, but it does equip you to weather the storm you are facing and emerge whole again. Practical tips provide questions for you to ask your doctor and choices you can make to achieve your best chances for healing. Real-life stories show how others have coped with life-threatening illness, walked with God, and won!
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by Al Weir, MD
Dr. Weir received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). He completed his Internal Medicine residency at both Barnes-Jewish Hospitals in St. Louis and City of Memphis Hospitals. Dr. Weir obtained board certification in both Hematology and Oncology after training at the University of Alabama Birmingham and UTHSC. He served for two years as an internal medicine specialist in a mission hospital in Eku, Nigeria. After serving on the faculty at UTHSC for several years, he joined The West Clinic in 1992, where he remained until 2005, continuing as Clinical Faculty for UTHSC during those years. Dr. Weir has most recently been focused on medical student and fellowship training in the Hematology and Oncology program, as Program Director and Professor of Medicine at UTHSC. He has returned to West Cancer Center and is excited about its new partnership with the UTHSC as the Hematology/Oncology academic division. He sees private practice patients at West Cancer Center and manages patients at the Veterans Administration Medical Center as well. Dr. Weir is the proud husband of Becky, the father of Bowen, Catherine, and Jennifer, and the grandfather of a growing herd of grandchildren. His hobbies are his work and his family. Dr. Weir is the author of a support book for patients, When Your Doctor Has Bad News.