Facing a New Diagnosis? Be Your Own Best Advocate
Next, enlist a close friend or family member to be your ‘health buddy’. They should go with you to all your doctors’ appointments, tests and treatments. He or she is a second pair of eyes and ears and they can take notes for you and help you process information. Consider hiring a professional Patient Advocate if you don’t have anyone else to ask. At appointments, ask questions and make sure you understand; write down the answers. When talking to healthcare professionals, having a health buddy or Patient Advocate to provide moral support can be very helpful.For more information on how to empower yourself when navigating the healthcare system, contact Cathy Abreu at 908-528-3977 or [email protected].