Category Archives: patient advocate

Shedding Light On the Cancer Journey: the book

My dear and faithful readers: As of today, over 63,000 people have read and hopefully benefited from this blog– beyond my wildest expectation when I started this project  6 years ago. Such strong support has led me to turn Shedding Light On the … Continue reading

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SOMETIMES TOO MUCH RESEARCH IS NOT A GOOD THING

We have to do our own research. However, research is a double edged sword: it might save you, but it can utterly devastate you as well. Continue reading

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THREE KEY QUESTIONS FOR ANY PATIENT ADVOCATE

Does what the medical professionals are telling me make sense? Are the pain control drugs working in the way they were intended to? Continue reading

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WHEN IT COMES TO SIDE EFFECTS FROM CHEMO/RADIATION, LOUD COMPLAINING IS A SELF-PROTECTIVE STRATEGY

Describing your symptoms in detail and exhaustively listing the side effects you are experiencing is NOT whining– it is a self-protective strategy; your medical team cannot help you if you do not tell them what is going on inside your body. Continue reading

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THE HIDDEN BURDEN OF BEING A CAREGIVER/PATIENT ADVOCATE

What is not talked about is how little your doctor knows about side effects, how much research the caregiver must do on their own, and the burden of sometimes keeping silent about what you have learned. Continue reading

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