It’s not New Years, but I’m making a resolution, and that is to honor the word “Boundary.” Boundary. It’s my word for today, the rest of the year, and forever. Before cancer hit, I didn’t know how to set boundaries with people. Or maybe I knew how, but was too afraid of being assertive enough to stop people from draining me. I allowed others to … Continue reading the story "5 Ways to Set Boundaries"
Post Archives from the ‘Advocacy’ Category
Many people diagnosed with [fill in the blank] have understanding bosses, co-workers, and a workplace that tries to accommodate them. Many others, however, do not. I fell into the latter category with my breast cancer diagnosis and treatments. Fighting cancer is devastating enough, but fighting for … Continue reading the story "Illness and the Workplace"
Just a few weeks ago, I used my medical group's walk-in service because of a nasty bout of bronchitis. Little did I know the appointment would feel like a rollercoaster derailing, thanks to medical staff's unwillingness inability to communicate to their patients effectively. As I was checking in, a receptionist said coldly and matter-of-factly, "Oh, and here's … Continue reading the story "Medical Bait and Switch"
Weary of calling a doctor who doesn’t return your phone calls regarding medication? Or how about those doctors who give you little to no information on a medication's side effects? Well, here’s perhaps the best-kept secret. An arsenal of … Continue reading the story "Power in Pharmacists"
My blog has shared strategies for self-advocacy and navigating through the medical system. Part of my advice has included how to stay calm in the waiting room by thinking of 10 positive, empowering words to describe yourself, as well as bringing an arsenal of tools to help people cope with waiting in the examination room. Well, this week, I … Continue reading the story "Retooling"
Facing the medical world is usually difficult, especially if you have or are currently suffering from an affliction. It helps to have at least 10 inspiring words that describe you or that you want to describe you, each on its own index card. After reading each word, reflect on what that word means to you. You can even write on the cards and hang … Continue reading the story "10 Key Words to Help You Cope"
There's a public misconception going around. It's about me. And I need to clear up this misconception in order to better help you. During my public speaking engagements and through written comments about my blog column, people are often awe-struck at how assertive I am to those in the medical field. I've been admired for my fearlessness and boldness, as well as … Continue reading the story "From Passivity to Action"
Another January is here, and New Year's resolutions abound. So, with this new year and new decade and this first blog column of 2010, I am suggesting five resolutions that you should make and follow through on. I am not referring to the latest crash diet or super-fix-it exercise regimen. I am referring to something requiring more … Continue reading the story "New Year, New Advocate You"
In my first posting of this series, I discussed the loss of control patients face when they have a medical crisis.
Well, patients take note:
You do have control by advocating for yourself during your medical care.
Doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel … Continue reading the story "Advocacy When Sick, Part II: Quality Control"