Help is Here! The Guide to Navigating the Medical Maze

I received a complimentary copy of Tory Zellick’s The Medical Day Planner, The Guide to Help Navigate the Medical Maze and can only wish I had gotten my hands on it three years earlier.

Tory’s story is like so many of our own. She was just 18 years old when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She and her family were immediately thrown into a world of doctor’s appointments, tests, scans, hospitalizations, forms, medications, etc., etc. As her mother’s caregiver, she had to navigate this new world without a map.

After her mother’s death six and a half years later, Tory grappled with her experience and asked herself, “how could my situation have been improved from the beginning?” I hold her answer in my hands – a simple, yet comprehensive, organizational guide for any caregiver dealing with any medical condition.

This “diagnosis-neutral tool” provides an organized outline for every facet of the medical maze. The book is divided into subjects including Patient Information, Appointments, Medication, Test & Scan History, Procedure History, Hospitalizations and Treatment. Each section begins with a thorough explanation of relevant information you may need to know. For example, in the Patient Information section there is information on Attorneys, Advanced Health Care Directives, and Trust and Wills.There’s so much information in this little book, but its real value is providing a central location for your individual information. Anything that gives a patient and his or her caregivers back some feeling of control during this process is a good thing. And this book is definitely a good thing. For more information, watch this video to meet Tory and listen to her story.

I hope I never need Tory’s book, but if I do I’m glad to have it. It’s a useful tool and a great gift for anyone struggling to cope with the medical maze. You can find  The Medical Day Planner, The Guide to Help Navigate the Medical Maze at my Amazon associates link.

Survival > Existence,


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(FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment. This review also contains affiliate links that compensate WhereWeGoNow should you make a purchase.)


Rita Brestrup's picture

I found your site after reading your Cure article about anger. My oncologist made mention of anger in my last visit and I suppose that makes sense as I think about my mindset after a year of treatment and 6 surgeries (including ongoing reconstruction). Anxiety cast its ugly shadow though I am now cancer free. It has been difficult to see myself as I was before this diagnosis and also to accept how people perceive me. My breast surgeon compared my treatment and surgeries to a year in Afghanistan. I suppose this is probably pretty close to the truth since I now read about PTSD diagnosed in those with medical issues.

I am hoping your site will help me in my struggle to return what is now referred to as my “new normal”.

Debbie's picture

Hi Rita:

I’m so glad you found me and WWGN! I’m also glad to hear that your oncologist is open to discussing your emotions with you. We go through so much as cancer patients and it can be hard to process it all as it is happening. That’s why many survivors find that their emotions are mixed at best once treatment is over. I’ve never been to Afghanistan, but I’m sure PTSD is pretty standard for anyone who has been through hell and back.

I’m excited to have you journeying with us toward the “new normal.” It’s a process and it’s much easier shared, that’s for sure!

Survival > Existence,



Jan Baird Hasak's picture

Debbie, I’m glad that you have written about this book. In my blog this week I also wrote a review. It’s a great resource for patients as well as caregivers. xox

Debbie's picture


I enjoyed your review, especially as you were both a patient and a caregiver. Tory’s book is a wonderful resource and I’m glad to join you in getting out the word.

Survival > Existence,


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