Author Archives: Beth L. Gainer

Top Five Quick Tips on Choosing Doctors

Posted on: April 17th, 2009 by

In a previous blog, I covered Litmus tests for how to assess whether a doctor is right for you. Here, in a nutshell, are the top five things to keep in mind when considering a doctor — from gateway doctor (primary care physician/internist/family doctor) to specialist: 1. Bring a notebook to your first appointment with [Read the full story …]

A Train Car Named Quagmire

Posted on: April 15th, 2009 by

In a previous blog, I mentioned an instance where I aired my dirty medical laundry on a train car to get what I wanted and needed from the administrative side of the medical system. This is that episode. The drama unfolded with me as lead actor, director, and writer of my medical destiny — oh, [Read the full story …]

The Gateway Doctor

Posted on: April 9th, 2009 by

My grandmother always told me, “If you have your health, you have everything.” As a child, I didn’t understand the truth in these words. I didn’t heed these words as a healthy young adult: I came from very genetically healthy stock — people in my family die of old age for goodness sakes, even the [Read the full story …]

A Patient-Centered Bill of Rights

Posted on: April 3rd, 2009 by

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

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

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

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 …]