Heather Hansen Presents Blog

The Key to Weight Loss? Try Listening

I know a little bit about weight loss. I lost 100 pounds over twenty years ago. I did it with a LOT of hard work, healthy eating (or I thought so at the time--low fat and lots of carbs!), regular

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Suffering Superheroes

What I remember most about Mr J is his smile. He smiled through his deposition, through the trial, and even when he lost his case. It was more than a smile, really. It was a mischievous grin, especially fitting on

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Vulnerability Could Be the Key to Better Health

Long ago, I represented a doctor who was....difficult. He was a phenomenal surgeon, world famous in his field, but he was not warm and fuzzy.  Not even close. Cold and hard were more his speed. We spent two weeks together,

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The Rubber Band Secret and What Could Be

As a medical malpractice trial lawyer, I've become obsessed with the power of potential.  Every time I face the jury, I could be a winner, and I could be a loser. It's both exhilarating and terrifying, and both outcomes are

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Your Good Health May Rest on This One Thing

Good Health Depends on a Good Healthcare Team I was a chubby kid, but my parents still introduced me to lots of sports. Soccer, swimming, tennis, basketball--so many sports, when all I wanted to do was read and eat Doritos.

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Are Patients and Doctors Cursed?

Sometimes a Snapple cap can change everything. I opened my iced tea, flipped the lid as I always do, and stopped in my tracks. "You are always looking at your nose, your brain just chooses to ignore it." That can't

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The Problem With Power in Healthcare

In the movie Malice, Alec Baldwin plays Dr Jed Hill, a surgeon who gives a famous speech during a deposition in a medical malpractice case. “”If you’re looking for God, he was in operating room #2 on November 17th, and

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Health Care Needs to Focus On ROR Over ROI

I’ve been in the relationship business since I was sixteen. I waitressed for years, and I’d get better tips based on the relationships I’d built with my customers. I did very well as a waitress, but I didn’t treat my

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Sparks Need Oxygen

It's been almost a month since we finished the Rubber Band Challenge, and I'm starting to get antsy.  If we want to expand our comfort zones we can't just wait around for them to grow. We have to push them

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Rubber Band Challenge Recap and Bracelet

We did it! We spent 30 days exploring all that we COULD BE.  Just like the people who realized that a rubber band could be an eraser, we saw and explored 30 different possibilities for ourselves. Here are all 30

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The 30 Day Rubber Band Challenge

I recently read a study about rubber bands and possibilities. You can see the whole story here, but bottom line is this: when people were told a rubber band IS a rubber band, they didn’t imagine it could also be

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Healthy Eating and Kids-Simple, but Not Easy

My friend, Jennae, is a phenom. She is a dietician, yoga instructor and a dance teacher. She has more energy than anyone else I know, and she has lots of good advice. Her passion is children, and specifically children's diets.

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Rubber Bands & Possibility in 2017

“I dwell in possibility.” Emily Dickinson So do I, for as long as I can remember. When I was a child, I was a voracious reader and my favorite books were about magic, fairies, and angels. As I got older,

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When Doctors and Patients Don’t Speak the Same Language

Life is about connections. Our family, social, work and on line connections make us happier and healthier. The outcomes of trials hinge on connections. I work with my clients on ways to connect with the jury, because without that connection

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What Do You Want?

Nate McIntyre isn't your typical trainer. He's a musician and his band, Killer Whale, is about to come out with a new video.  (He comes by his musical talent honestly--Macy Gray is his sister). That in itself could be enough

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Teaming Up to Help Mothers

Maternal mortality is when women die because of complications from pregnancy or childbirth.  It's a problem in Africa--and in Texas. Dr Gregg Alleyne is a doctor in Philadelphia. He works as an obstetrician and gynecologist at Drexel University. Dr Alleyne

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What’s It Worth to You?

My mom spent her life as a teacher in the public school system. She never talked about her salary, but she was underpaid. She taught emotionally disturbed high school students in the resource room. Her days were stressful and sometimes

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Oaths Have Power- Healthcare Relationships

OATHS HAVE POWER Lawyers take oaths. Jurors do as well. In Philadelphia, where I try cases most often, jurors pledge to “well and truly try the case”. I can tell you that jurors take this oath very seriously. Medical malpractice

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Healing One Laugh at a Time

Man it's been a rough week. Most of us are sleep deprived from staying up way too late waiting for election returns. Many are heartbroken about the result. In fact, The Washington Post is reporting that the National Suicide Prevention

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Coming Up on H2Spark

Hi guys--working on today's newsletter and video. I think you're going to love it. My friend Dr Kelly Powers sat down to talk to us about the power of laughter. Seems like we all could use some of that after

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Is Healthcare a Privilege or a Right?

I met Rick Ungar when I was a regular panelist on The Daily Wrap, a show he co-hosted on the Newsmax channel.  He is a liberal voice on a channel that’s been known to lean towards the conservative viewpoint, and

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Equating Life with Life

“It’s very important to me to equate life with life.” When Dr Owen Montgomery said this in our recent interview, it stuck with me. What does that mean? Do I do that? Do I equate life with life? For the

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The Science of a Spark

It all begins with friction - the resistance that is created when two objects meet. That friction creates a spark, and if you feed that spark with oxygen you get fire. In the right environment, a spark can change the

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