The Day I Nearly Died
I nearly died and didn’t find out until 18 months later. Not only did I not find out until much later, but the way I found out was through a lot of persistence and perseverance. The diagnosis and results weren’t handed to me with clarity and compassion.
I had to research, ask questions, pursue a referral and not give up until I got some answers.
This is not a message to bash the medical system. This is just my story. It may be yours too, and you might not even know it.
If you haven’t been asking to see your complete medical records and reports, or your blood labs and tests, you could very easily be missing some critical information. Life-saving information. Perspective altering news. Unless you pursue it, you’ll never know.
What’s lurking in your medical report could save your life!
After interviewing people dealing with invisible and chronic illness across the country, I am convinced that this story is more common than any of us would like to believe. We want to believe that we are in good, safe hands.
We’ve been conditioned to believe that we are patients and know less than the ones in charge of our care.
While we may have less training or specific medical knowledge, it is not true that we should simply give our care over to the hands of any health care provider. Even the best providers have limited time, attention and energy for our specific case. Therefore, it is critical to our health, and maybe even our survival that we become our own advocates. That means YOU!
Please consider sharing this story.
It only takes a moment and could save someone’s life!
If you’ve experienced something similar, we’d love to hear your story. We can all learn from one another!
Learn more about the documentary we are creating to raise awareness about this important issue and support those living with chronic and invisible illness.