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Patient Advocates

When the Health Care System Lets Us Down

Susan E. Mazer | Posted 07.13.2016 | Impact
Susan E. Mazer

This story is about a young man I know who began working in the IT department of a local hospital. His mother also worked in the same hospital. He was skilled, excited, and committed.

How Having A Patient Advocate Can Save Your Life

Amanda Bradley | Posted 02.24.2017 | Fifty
Amanda Bradley

Here's the bad news: If you are old, a woman, or disabled, you are less likely to be trusted when you complain of extreme pain than if you were a young, able-bodied man. You're also more likely to be refused diagnostic testing when you report serious symptoms,

Empowering Breast Cancer Patients With Previsualization Tools.

Marianne Angelo | Posted 06.11.2016 | Impact
Marianne Angelo

Whenever I hear about a new Breast Cancer diagnosis, I wince. I know all too well about the challenges ahead as I've been through every assault. Someone said to me "look on the bright side, at least you get free plastic surgery!"

Why I Became a Patient Advocate

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 03.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

There is no one who has as greater interest in your health than you do and remember, it is your life. You owe it to yourself to do the best that you can with it.

The California Stem Cell Program: Attacked and Defended

Don C. Reed | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Few institutions are more beloved -- and more often attacked -- than the California stem cell research program, the California Institute for Regenerat...

Parkinson's and other Patient Advocates -- Do Not Be Cheated in 2012!

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Parkinson's folks are among the toughest fighters in the patient advocacy field. I don't know why this is. Maybe it is because Parkinson's is progress...

The International Society of Stem Cell Researchers Comes to Town

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Don C. Reed

In America alone, an estimated one hundred million people suffer chronic disease or disability. What politician could afford to ignore a constituency like that?