It has been over 40 years now dealing with daily pain and chronic disease. When dealing with health issues, I have learned preparation and practice can be the difference between feeling empowered or powerless.
Frankie, my sweet Boston terrier, and I had the opportunity to share some thoughts on being better advocates for ourselves. A health magazine entitled, Brave, contacted us and you can read the article here.
If you’re like me, I find it easier to speak up for friends and loved ones — much more than for myself. But it can be done; stay calm, be prepared and speak up. What do you want? Be specific, we all want less pain, but what would you like to do if you had less pain? Write down your top three concerns and how they are affecting your quality of life. Then don’t leave until they are answered. Your needs, desires, plans are important.