Post Archives from the ‘Advocacy’ Category

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"

Advocacy When Sick, Part I: Loss of Control

Posted on: November 16th, 2009 by
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This is the first in a multi-part series on how to be your own best advocate and friend in the event you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of facing a serious illness. Other Calling the Shot postings will deal with other issues, but the Advocacy When Sick series is specifically directed at those facing illness and the people Continue reading the story "Advocacy When Sick, Part I: Loss of Control"

Dr. No (Part II)

Posted on: August 18th, 2009 by

She called me early yesterday saying she had just run out of Vicodin and was waiting to see how much pain she was in before she Continue reading the story "Dr. No (Part II)"

Dr. No

Posted on: August 16th, 2009 by

As I write this, a dear friend is battling the medical system in order to get a surgery she needs. She is in agony, and if her doctor and pharmacists had their druthers, they'd keep her that way. Once the surgery is done, she should be feeling better. Her doctor had a hissy fit last night because she called his bluff. Continue reading the story "Dr. No"

Sense and Sensibility — and Courage

Posted on: June 21st, 2009 by

People who fight any sort of condition -- which is most people nowadays -- have to reside deep in their hearts to find that all-too-rare commodity: courage. Those with medical afflictions have to find the best advocates: ourselves. My postings have focused on how to navigate the medical system, which is a never-ending gauntlet of doctors and medical tests. Continue reading the story "Sense and Sensibility — and Courage"

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, and a Continue reading the story "A Train Car Named Quagmire"

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 much easier to lull ourselves into a false sense of complacency Continue reading the story "Don’t Be Complacent"

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 breast cancer in January 2001. The road toward health has been Continue reading the story "Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care"