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Take Charge. Day 22 – Mak

Take Charge. Day 22 – Make Meetings Productive
The ideal doctor-patient relationship is like a meeting of two “experts.”  —Dr. Paul Haidet   I love today’s quote. The doctor is an expert on the medical information she has studied. You are an expert on your own health, personal circumstances, and any additional information you have learned about your health condition. To get all…

Take Charge. Day 21- Biny...

Take Charge. Day 21- Binyamin’s Story: Don’t Be Afraid to Fire Your Doctor
The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for. —Maureen Dowd   Don’t settle when it comes to your health care. Here is a quick illustration of how just one hour of research, some chutzpah, and the willingness to question a doctor made a huge difference in…

Take Charge. Day 20 – Ma

Take Charge. Day 20 –  Make Good Hires
If I had listened to the first doctor, I wouldn’t be here today.  —Kris Carr   You probably wouldn’t buy a new car without researching it first and looking at a few options.  But people do that with doctors all the time. A 2008 study of how people choose their doctors found that only just…

Take Charge. Day 18 – Zie

Take Charge. Day 18 – Ziesl’s Story: It Was Up to Me
Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner. —Les Brown     Sometimes dietary changes can bring miraculous healing. And sometimes you need to take charge and tell your doctor to find the horror-movie monster that is strangling your intestines.   Ziesl had had stomach pain…

Take Charge. Day 17 – Be

Take Charge. Day 17 – Be the Boss of Your Healthcare Team
At the heart of advocating for yourself is believing that good fortune is always right around the corner, so long as you keep looking. —Fiona Maazel in O, The Oprah Magazine   Physicians are usually talented, competent, and caring people who have trained for years to become experts in their field. We are extremely fortunate…