Empowered Patient Stories

Day 1: I request my past medical records

It was no coincidence that last Friday’s patient chat topic was about requesting past medical records. My current doctor had asked me for past ultrasound results so he could compare them to my most recent ultrasounds. I sheepishly had to admit that I did not have any of those test results…. My doctor kind of looked at me with mock disbelief. …

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10 Tips for Finding a Good Pharmacist #epatient

Do not let anyone, especially your doctor, tell you to never listen to your pharmacist. That is far from the truth. My team of pharmacists, more than once, have saved me with issues from my meds. One time I almost went into a coma due to the prescription being too strong for me at that time. If it wasn’t for the pharmacist and Patti bringing it to their attention I probably wouldn’t be here now.

So a short guide to dealing with your pharmacist as an empowered patient is as follows:

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Caregiving.com Virtual Conference, 2014

For all of you who may have been unable to attend the 1st Annual Virtual Caregivers Conference 2014, I have posted the archive link below so you can view it at your leisure. Topics covered: putting together your carees medical binder, traveling with your caree or preparing to travel yourself and making preparations for your caree, loading/unloading your caree into a sedan and into a SUV, along with some safety product reviews and much more.

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What To Do Now That You Are An Empowered Patient

I thought I would give you some insight from my entry into the empowered patient world. My take may be different from yours but let me say this, it should run pretty close to mine in that many doctors are the same (afraid of an empowered patient), especially if they are set in their ways. Don’t let that scare you away though, it just takes a little time and loving to make everyone work together.

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My Life as an Empowered Patient (Part 1)

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….

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Every physician my wife saw acted as if she would be dead soon.

Source: Death By a Thousand Cuts – Physicians’ Surprising Response to my Wife’s Lung Cancer Recurrence

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Every physician my wife saw acted as if she would be dead soon.

Recently, I had the privilege to take part in a #bcsm chat about metastatic disease — not only was it inspiring, but it was also informative, encompassing information and questions that are beyond the scope of any health industry conference or any medical textbook.... read more

Seven Year Itch

The following post is a guest post from breast cancer survivor AnneMarie Ciccarella, and was originally posted at her blog Chemobrain in the Fog. Seven years ago, I altered my body. Five months after I received The Letter advising me of the “density” that was presumed... read more