The Big C – Successfully Navigating the Healthcare System

 Navigating the health care system can be a challenging, and at times, an overwhelming experience.  But it is doable, if you hold two truths to be true.

First, medical professionals “are practicing medicine” , and they are practicing on you.  If they don’t have time to listen to your concerns, maybe you should find a new practice partner.

Secondly, have a patient advocate whenever the medical need is outside the realm of routine. A patient advocate doesn’t have to be a professional.  Choose a friend or family member who cares, is a good listener, not easily intimidated, willing to ask questions, and will be engaged throughout the process.


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Down in my basement, lined neatly on a shelf are handwritten notebooks chronicling my life. After years of writing, the experience became more of a burden then an important part of my day so I quit writing. Five years later I took up writing again. This time it was in the form of a blog which gave me a place to hang out after I lost my job. From there my blog content morphed into writing about my general contractor experience building our house. As my life experiences grew so did my blog.

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