So often, my newly-diagnosed clients tell me they want to get their treatment underway as soon as possible and have it in place or, better yet, have it behind them. They don’t want information, they don’t want to ask questions, they don’t want to have to make decisions. But this is disempowering. Your doctor needs you to partner with them. And it sure benefits you to take an active role in your treatment. Take a look at my article on this subject: https://justgotdiagnosed.com/resources/newly-diagnosed-why-telling-your-doctor-to-just-treat-me-doesnt-benefit-you/
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Dr. Gary McClain
Chronic Communication ℠
Counseling and Workshops
Questions? Ask Dr. Gary
Q: I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and I am really trying to face up to this condition and maintain my independence. But there are days when I know I need help. My family is telling me that I am being stubborn when all I am trying to do is be a Fighter. When is it time to ask for help?
A: Fighters may have a reputation as the ideal role models but they aren’t always good at seeking out support unless someone shows them how much worse things will be if they don’t.
Fighters often view themselves as so in control of their situation that they can handle every...