Post Archives from the ‘Advocacy’ Category



5 Ways to Set Boundaries

Posted on: November 22nd, 2014 by
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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"

Be a Good Girl and Shut Up

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by
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The idea for this post came from an angry comment I recently received on a post I wrote back in March. That post, called Kohl’s: Cash Rich, Ethics Poor, called out the merchandiser for stealing METAvivor’s The Elephant in the Pink Room campaign just to feed Kohl’s cash cow. I told the cashier I was a cancer survivor, and rather than Continue reading the story "Be a Good Girl and Shut Up"

Illness and the Workplace

Posted on: May 29th, 2012 by
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IMG_1440-200x300 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"

Medical Bait and Switch

Posted on: November 8th, 2011 by
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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"

Power in Pharmacists

Posted on: March 11th, 2011 by
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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"

Retooling

Posted on: January 17th, 2011 by
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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"

10 Key Words to Help You Cope

Posted on: October 15th, 2010 by
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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"

From Passivity to Action

Posted on: July 16th, 2010 by
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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"

New Year, New Advocate You

Posted on: January 7th, 2010 by
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  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"

Advocacy When Sick, Part II: Quality Control

Posted on: December 8th, 2009 by
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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"