This week’s blog explores how to advocate for ourselves and others. This is not an easy thing to do; it seems to be getting harder and harder.
I am going to break this into three parts: advocating for your health, for yourself and for others.
Over the past two months, I have had several things occur that have brought this topic to the forefront. I hope that this will help you be more comfortable with speaking up and advocating for what you believe is important and right.
Advocating for your health…
There is no one more in tune with how you feel than you. Whether it is physically or emotionally, you have the best insight period.
However, we often forget that and abdicate that knowledge to our doctors and the overall healthcare system when we are ill.
Over the past two months, no fewer than three people have been seeing a healthcare provider for not feeling well, and after years of bringing it up, it was found to be cancer. Although the details were different, the pattern is the same.
These people are smart and are strong advocates, generally, but when it came to their health, they deferred to the medical system, that in their mine had more knowledge.
I completely get that. I have been there, as well. I had a doctor tell me my exhaustion was due to depression when I pushed back and stressed that I wasn’t depressed he tried to talk me into it. It turned out I had a Vitamin D deficiency. Big difference.
What I learned is that the healthcare system and our doctors are overtaxed, and they are trying hard to understand your symptoms and fit it into their experience and knowledge. It isn’t intentional. They want to heal you. They are passionate about that. However, they are overwhelmed and overworked. Therefore, you can get a better outcome if you advocate and treat the interaction as a collaboration towards health.
Next time you’re having an ongoing issue or even a cold, you know best how your feeling against your typical wellness. Opening your mind to collaborating with your medical professional and asking questions will help get a better outcome.
If a medical professional brushes it off, stand firm, and advocate for yourself. Explain that this is not normal, and you need help finding answers. Also, educate yourself on symptoms and even treatments.Continue reading “Advocating for Ourselves and Others!”