Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Who Is Your Health Advocate?
A health advocate is someone that you take with you to your important doctor's appointments. I don't mean standard exams, but rather the ones when you are receiving a diagnosis or treatment information - the appointments that have the potential to be overwhelming to the point where you don't get the information straight.
This is where your health advocate steps in - it's their job to take notes, ask questions, verify information and help you get your facts straight so that the doctor can get a clear picture of your situation. Then after the appointment, you discuss what just occurred and most likely, you're going to find that you didn't hear or process all the information correctly.
This is normal, you're under a tremendous amount of stress and frankly overwhelmed. It's also human nature to hear what we want to hear - that's why you need an impartial second party with you.
I myself have been in need of a health advocate and have been a health advocate for others. I was grateful to have someone there for me and I was honored to be there for someone else.
Don't try to be stoic - you'll just end up hurting yourself in the end. Make adding a health advocate to your wellness team a priority today.