My clients often me that, when they received their diagnosis, they told their doctor to just treat them. Essentially, they didn’t want to be involved in their treatment. This is at its core another form of denial, because by giving your doctor all the power, you are also avoiding becoming educated. Sure, it can be hard to be faced with the hard facts about your diagnosis and what treatment might involve. But, on the other hand, it’s better to know than not to know. By powering yourself up with information, you are ready to partner with your healthcare provider. You might even learn about some options they aren’t familiar with. Information is power! Check out my article: 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...