You are facing a major health challenge, and you feel unsure of where to turn for help. Proper diagnosis and treatment are key; yet researching your illness, identifying the services you need, and learning how to get the most from your health care appointments can feel overwhelming. My goal as a peer health care researcher/advocate is to offer you the informational support necessary to take charge of your health and improve the quality of your care. My assistance, either via email or in person, might include:
• Diagnosis and treatment option research.
I will scour the Internet and medical databases for information to help you understand your diagnosis and treatment options, better communicate with your health care team, and knowledgeably participate in all decisions that affect your health.
• Identification of medical specialists and treatment centers.
Finding the right doctors and health care facilities is critical to your treatment outcome, yet locating objective information to guide your selection can be difficult and time-consuming. Based on criteria you provide, I will complete the research necessary to identify providers and treatment centers that best match your requirements.
• Help preparing for medical appointments.
Good communication with your doctors is an important component of effective care. Prior to each doctor visit, I can help you prepare questions designed to elicit the information that you need. If requested, I will accompany you to appointments and provide you with a written summary of all pertinent details discussed.
• Peer support for dietary, exercise, and lifestyle changes.
Even minor alterations to your diet, exercise program, and lifestyle choices can have a huge impact on your emotional and physical well-being. I can share with you my personal experience as well as relevant research related to ways in which to optimize your overall health. In addition, I can help you with meal planning.
How can I help you? Please contact me for a free needs assessment. Thereafter, my services are custom-tailored to your needs and can be scaled up or down according to your budget.
I have 35 years of experience as a researcher and writer for multinational corporations, producing informational documents to support business executives’ decision-making process. The skills I developed finding and synthesizing relevant information were especially valuable when I faced a serious health challenge several years ago. I knew how to access information about my diagnosis, to identify doctors and hospitals working to improve the treatment and prognosis of my condition, and to develop a road map for navigating the health care system. Armed with solid information, emotional support, and a sensible exercise and nutrition program, I took charge of my health and now feel better than ever.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical expert, case manager, mental health professional, or nutritionist; and my services are not intended to replace the expert advice of your health care practitioners. Only you and your doctors can determine the treatment course that is best for you.