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Issue #253: How to Advocate for Yourself at a Doctor Appointment & Anxiety as a Result of Chronic Illness

Issue 153: How to Advocate for Yourself at a Doctor Appointment & Anxiety as a Result of Chronic Illness

Friday, 19 February 2021. Issue #253.

In this issue: How to advocate for yourself at the doctor’s by preparing questions, expectations and more before the appointment. Change is the only constant in life, so we need to keep learning and growing at our own pace. When there are too many ‘what ifs’ and ‘maybes’. Sometimes your own coping strategies hit a brick wall, and you need help from therapists, medications or something else. Chronic pain messes with your psyche, as you get worried when things get too unbelievably ‘stable’. When anxiety isn’t a separate issue, but the result of living with chronic illness. Healthy people often feel uncomfortable around people who are chronically ill and make assumptions for them, when asking the person directly would be better. To truly create accessible places, actual disabled people need to be included in the conversation around planning and design – who else would understand better? The harm and danger when pharmacists override a doctor’s judgement of whether a patient needs a certain medication or not. The importance of making heart healthy choices for people with Lupus due to increased risk factors.

*Note: This article is meant for educational purposes, and is based on each person’s individual experiences and circumstances. It is not to be substituted for medical advice. Please consult your own doctor before changing or adding new treatment protocols.

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