Author Archives: Beth L. Gainer

A Patient-Centered Bill of Rights

Posted on: April 3rd, 2009 by
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Too often, patients are confused by the language of various Patient’s Bills of Rights because the language is often convoluted and confusing. It’s hard enough to be a patient, so reading through muddling language only adds anxiety. So, in my Fantasy World of Medical Advocacy, here’s my version of what a Patient’s Bill of Rights [Read the full story …]

Don’t Be Complacent

Posted on: March 27th, 2009 by
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If you have a medical concern, please get it checked out as soon as you can. This is a simple idea, but it is one of the hardest things we can ask of ourselves. We may not follow up immediately on a medical concern because we are afraid our worst nightmares will come true. It’s [Read the full story …]

Courage in Stories

Posted on: March 20th, 2009 by
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Kudos to a recent Oprah show, which profiled four celebrities: Fran Dresher, Scott Hamilton, Magic Johnson, and Montel Williams — each who are or have been grappling with serious medical conditions. What struck me was these individuals’ candor and willingness to tell their stories. And as they shared their experiences, their faces of celebrity faded, [Read the full story …]

Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care

Posted on: March 14th, 2009 by
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This blog-form column is designed to encourage and inspire people to take the reins of their own medical care. Whether you have advocated for yourself or a loved one, or you want to know tips on how to do so, this blog is for you. I became a self-advocacy expert when I was diagnosed with [Read the full story …]