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“Your job is to assert yourself so that you can get the best medical care possible. A lot of that has to do with the provider’s attitude toward you. How do they interact? Are they listening at all? Do they remember anything about your history? Do they care?” – Terri Cole
Have you ever left a doctor’s appointment feeling confused, dismissed, or completely misunderstood?
Do you find it challenging to communicate your preferences with medical professionals?
Or are you at a loss for how to advocate for yourself to receive adequate healthcare?
If you’ve had these experiences, this episode on creating healthy, effective boundaries with the medical community is for you. By the end, you will know the best way to prepare for a doctor’s appointment and when it might be a good time to ditch your doc.
I am passionate about medical boundaries because of my experience with a cancer diagnosis many years ago. It is at the forefront of my mind again because many of you are writing in about perimenopause and menopause and dealing with dismissive doctors.
I wanted to give you some of my hard-earned wisdom because boundaries have everything to do with this.
(Disclaimer: I am not an MD, so this information is not medical advice. I am sharing my story with you from a patient experience. Always consult your doctor.)
- 09:30 Go into a doctor’s appointment with the awareness that you have options
- 16:45 Push back if something seems wrong
- 19:20 Pay attention to your healthcare provider’s attitude toward you
- 21:50 Write a list to make sure you mention everything you need to during the appointment
- 23:40 Make sure you understand everything from the appointment before you leave
- 24:30 Understand your insurance policy
Find the downloadable guide I made to go along with today’s episode here.
This episode is sponsored by Storyworth. Go to storyworth.com/terri for $10 off your first order.
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