We toss the word “advocate” around a lot. I don’t think that’s a bad idea at all. In this complicated world we live in, it is important to advocate for ourselves, and to teach our children to advocate for themselves. And for sure, in the healthcare world, being your own advocate is especially important. With healthcare professionals. With insurance companies, Medicaid, Medicare. With the people around us. Take a look at an article I posted on being your own advocate: https://justgotdiagnosed.com/resources/whats-it-mean-to-be-an-advocate/
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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...
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