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How do we advocate for ourselves?

  • Have someone come with you and take notes
  • Always ask “what else could this be”?
  • Never undergo a treatment unless you understand what it is, why its needed, and what the alternatives are
  • In the hospital make sure everyone who enters your room washes their hands
  • Make a list of questions for your doctor before you go and write down the answers
  • If you are feeling uncomfortable, uncared for, not listened to, and talking about it doesn’t resolve that feeling, change doctors
  • Look at the website
  • If you use the internet, look at reliable sites (for instance, Mayo Clinic)
  • Be assertive
  • Trust your gut (instinct)!