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Advocating for health

Why is Self-Advocacy important?
  1. Personalized Care: Every individual is unique, and so are their health needs. By advocating for yourself, you ensure that your healthcare is tailored to your specific needs and preferences.

  2. Informed Decisions: With the plethora of medical information available, it's essential to discern what's relevant to you. Being an active participant in your healthcare journey allows you to make decisions based on accurate and pertinent information.

  3. Empowerment: Taking charge of your health boosts your confidence and empowers you to make choices that align with your values and beliefs.

  4. Improved Outcomes: Studies have shown that patients who are engaged and proactive in their healthcare often have better outcomes and improved quality of life.

In this session, Shoba will share how being her own advocate for health helped her face her multiple cancers and kidney failure. You will learn how to plan, how to approach your doctors, how to be proactive.

Learning Objectives

  1. Highlight the Resilience of the Human Spirit: Emphasize the strength and determination required to face life-threatening challenges and the ability to rise above them.

  2. Educate on the Reality of Diseases: Shed light on the physical, emotional, and mental toll of disease, beyond just the medical diagnosis.

  3. Self-Advocacy tools: Tools to share your experience, advocate for your health at the clinic and at home.

  4. Promote Self-Advocacy: Stress the importance of understanding one's body, seeking help, and being proactive about one's health.

  5. Empower the Audience: Inspire listeners to view challenges as opportunities for growth and to live life to the fullest, regardless of the obstacles they face.

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