Be an Advocate for Your Healthcare
Andie didn't have any symptoms to "write home about," but knew she wasn't feeling normal. She persisted as an advocate for her own healthcare and only then did she discover she had colon cancer.
It's okay to see a specialist and ask questions if you aren't getting better. Here is a checklist that can help you when meeting with a physician for medical advice:
- Have your thoughts, questions, and symptoms written down before you walk in.
- Ask the doctor or nurse to write down information for you.
- Inform all health professionals involved of your family history, medications, and lifestyle.
- Request print materials related to your diagnosis and have a clear understanding of next steps.