Hattie Bryant (Austin, TX)
TV Host/Producer and Educator, Author of I’ll Have It My Way: Taking Control of End-of-Life Decisions
- Authority on Palliative Care, End-of-Life Healthcare Decision-making
- Healthcare Consumer Advocate for Seniors
“Since the first emergency 911 telephone call was placed on Friday, February 16, 1968 the natural act of dying has, year-by-year, shifted from being an understood and predictable process managed by a family doctor with support from family and friends into a high-tech, high-speed, multi-machine, multi-doctor impersonal series of events that might not let us die for years and leaves us vulnerable and often voiceless.
My mom barely escaped a protracted experience, and she is the reason end-of-life healthcare and decision-making is so important to me.” – Hattie Bryant
ABOUT THE BOOK
I’ll Have It My Way is a tool for patients and their families to minimize, if not avoid entirely the pain, suffering, confusion and disagreements that can arise when their end-of-life healthcare wishes are not clearly spelled out and known in advance. The book makes it clear that no one is required to passively delegate death to a system that insists upon surgery, stents, chemotherapy, blood transfusions, radiation, infusions and all of the tubes, bags and lines which accompany these interventions. Practical, informative and written in laypersons terms, I’ll Have It My Way is a how-to book made personal as it answers questions that will help readers select a proxy, and to provide friends and family with a few simple instructions and wishes. Every person who wants to direct their own health care all the way to the end will benefit from this book.
- Medicine can’t give us a peaceful death – steps to ensure that a loved one’s final days take place on his/her terms, not a healthcare system’s checklist.
- The financial issues involved with end-of-life decisions
- How palliative care became a multi-billion dollar industry
- Having “the conversation” – how to have an instructive end-of-life discussion with family, friends that empowers all involved
- Hattie’s own story: why her mother’s situation with end-of-life issues prompted her to devote her professional life to palliative decision-making issues and assistance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author, TV host/producer, and palliative care educator and advocate Hattie Bryant’s professional career is a reflection of her lifelong passion for learning, teaching and making a difference in the life of others.
Her most recent PBS series, “I’ll Have It My Way with Hattie Bryant,” is based on her palliative advocacy. It is aired during pledge drive seasons, with the next airing anticipated in March 2018.
Before her focus on end-of-life healthcare decision-making, Hattie, along with her husband, produced the television series Small Business School. The series, airing from 1994-2012, featured business owners from across the globe; over 300 half-hour episodes were seen in U.S. homes via some 250 PBS member stations and globally on1000 affiliates through Voice of America-TV. In 1997 she was given the Award of Excellence from the White House for her success in bringing the story of small business to television. Content from the show was edited into video companions for fifty college textbooks and an online learning tool.
She’s taught management, sales and customer service in the classrooms of hundreds of small businesses, presented seminars in 47 states and has produced teaching materials for customers like ABC-TV, Chase-JP Morgan, IBM, Microsoft, Qwest, and Verizon. Hattie’s seminars and continuing-education curriculum development have been in business schools throughout the world.
In addition to I’ll Have It My Way: Taking Control of End of Life Decisions, she is the author of another book, Beating the Odds.
Most recently, Hattie studied at the University of Southern California Graduate School of Gerontology. She lives with her husband in the Austin, Texas area.