I believe I can trace my start as an empowered patient to when my parents were involved with my treatment as a child for polio. I don’t remember everything in the early stages, but as I grew older, they began talking to me about how to take an interest in my health.

At 12 or 13, it was hard for me to listen. Now, I can honestly say thanks to my Mom and Dad for insisting I get involved in my own health. Now, I understand how important that is.

What started out as a personal journey has now become a passion and career in helping and teaching others to become empowered patients on their own. To me everyone should be involved in their health at all times and if they receive a negative reaction from a Doctor look for someone new with the same ideas as you.

I love being empowered and being involved. I love learning and researching new drugs and new procedures that might help me in life and health. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I will be honest in saying I have done my research – online, and by talking to people young and old, empowered and not.

I believe in this day and age no matter of your age you need to take an active role in your healthcare. Now more than ever do you need to know what is going on about you. Because that is what you need to do to live a healthy life. This series is going to cover as many of those things you need to do to have that life as best I can.

This series is personal to me. I hope you will follow me over the coming weeks as I relive my journey to being a more empowered patient, so that I can help you to become the same.

 

Mark

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Mark-John Clifford

Owner/Writer at Health in the Laugh Lane
Health activist, speaker, writer, husband and father. Co-Founder of the blog Health in the Laugh Lane, Member Patient Advisory Board at Intake.me.
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