Stop Complaining and Speak Up!!

Stop Complaining and Speak Up!!

No rants allowed! We all have a role to play in contributing to positive conversations that are respectful of all opinions. Take the time to get educated and find a way to have your voice heard in a meaningful way.

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Highlight the Person Not Just the Diagnosis

Highlight the Person Not Just the Diagnosis

To get the support you need, let people see you as a person, going beyond the diagnosis. It’s about taking the time to make the personal connection so you don’t get a cookie cutter approach to treatment.

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3 Active Listening Tips I've Learned as a Parent

3 Active Listening Tips I've Learned as a Parent

Active listening isn’t about waiting for a chance to speak but rather truly hearing what the other person is saying. It’s a skill that needs to be learned and fine-tuned, but can strength your relationships.

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Patient Partners - There's Strength in Numbers

Patient Partners - There's Strength in Numbers

I’m pretty excited about a new way of patient engagement. Patients partnering with patients. This goes beyond the checkboxes and silos, traditional ways of including patients (sometimes seen as token gestures). It’s about patients owning the experience and amplifying the voices of others.

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4 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Saying You’re So Busy!

4 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Saying You’re So Busy!

One of my pet peeves is people who are always talking about how busy they are. We live in a fast paced world and are all juggling multiple balls. Saying you are busy puts up barriers. Let’s find a way to change the conversation to remove these barriers.

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The Power of Kindness

The Power of Kindness

While it may be a release to scream and shout, it’s the quickest way to shut down a conversation. By practicing kindness you can break down barriers, build relationships and get the results you need. Learn how to practice kindness when advocating for yourself or loved ones.

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Time to go Beyond Token Patient Engagement

Time to go Beyond Token Patient Engagement

Being a patient volunteer can be rewarding, but it can also be extremely frustrating. Especially when you feel you are filling a token seat versus being an equal partner. It’s time to go beyond token patient engagement and look at patient volunteers as valued and equal partners in transforming healthcare.

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Why Being an Empath is Exhausting (and Rewarding)

Why Being an Empath is Exhausting (and Rewarding)

It has taken me years to learn I’m an empath, and that my response to human interactions is completely normal. This new knowledge has helped me in my advocacy work. But I’ve also had to learn how not to take on the emotions of those I’m helping.

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Share Your Advocacy Skills to Help Others

Share Your Advocacy Skills to Help Others

There are many times when we can share our patient advocacy skills to help others navigate a difficult journey. By listening, helping people formulate their thoughts and being there as a sounding board, it can be the difference between struggling and feeling supported.

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