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Guest Posts

Would you like to publish a guest post at Every Patient’s Advocate?
These stories all relate to Proactive Survivorship - moving past difficult circumstances to improve the system for others.

See invitation below.

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Physicians Can Be Vulnerable, Too

When Dr. Ed Pullen’s wife Kay was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer, he realized that no matter how much background knowledge one might have, those feelings of fear and vulnerability still rule the experience.
Physicians Can Be Vulnerable, Too

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Orlando Averts Suicide – You Can, Too

Orlando Lujan Martinez of Albuquerque, New Mexico chose to take charge of his own healthcare after realizing that the drugs prescribed by his doctors were causing depression and thoughts of suicide.  Thankfully, Orlando is with us today, and shares this story as a warning to others.
Orlando Takes Charge – Averts Suicide – You Can, Too

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A Doctor’s God Complex, a Life Nearly Lost

Have you ever dealt with an arrogant doctor? Have you almost lost your life, or the life of a loved one due to a provider’s arrogance?  Franny shares her story of a life almost lost: 
A Doctor’s God Complex, a Life Nearly Lost.

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Versed, PTSD and Questions about Informed Consent

Informed consent is the law of the land, and yet, what can you do if the professionals go ahead and treat you without it?  And what if it’s a treatment you specifically said you don’t want?

This gentleman contacted me and asked that I share his story (anonymously) because he wants attention drawn to this problem.  See what he has to say in Versed, PTSD, and Questions About Informed Consent.

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It Can’t Happen to Me!

How about turning frustration and daily reminders about how dysfunctional the healthcare system is into a medical novel?

Meet SJ Robinson, former nurse, turned medical malpractice lawyer by day — and novelist at night.  Learn more about The Price of DeathIt Can’t Happen to Me!

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Cancer Lessons Learned

Cynthia MacGregor is the author of 54 books — but more relevant to this post — is a cancer survivor supreme.  Learn how her approach to her treatment, and her get-beyond-it attitude helped heal her in a major way in Cancer Lessons Learned.

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A Sea of Broken Hearts

Alex was a college runner, in good shape, who collapsed one day while running.  After spending five days in the hospital, he was discharged and told not to drive his car for 24 hours.  Less than three weeks later, he collapsed and died.

Alex’s father, John T. James, PhD, a board-certified toxicologist and pathologist — a scientist who “gets” medicine — did his own investigation and discovered irregularities that would make us all take pause, including the not-well-informed consent Alex was coerced into providing that, in effect, gave the doctors who treated him permission to kill him.

Dr. James submitted this guest post to give us all something to think about: A Sea of Broken Hearts: What We Can All Learn from Alex’s Death

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The View from Canada

As time goes on, and frustration mounts over American healthcare payment systems, access to care (make that lack of access to care) and insurance, underinsurance or total lack of insurance, we’re being watched from across our borders.

Lorne Babcock, a Canadian and observer of American dysfunction, shared a few of his thoughts.  You can find them here:  The View from Canada

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Stroke of True Genius

Star Lawrence is a health writer, and author of HealthSass, a blog about her experiences with the health and medical community.

You’ll love her humor — but beware the darkside. Her account of her emergency room experience in this guest post is frighteningly real.

Give it a read: Stroke of True Genius

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Suicide, Drug Makers and the FDA

Kim Witczak is a hero for the ways she has taken her grief, and turned it into advocacy for others.

Kim’s husband, Woody, committed suicide in 2003. His doctor had prescribed Zoloft to help him sleep. After it was all over, Kim learned that Pfizer, the manufacturer of Zoloft, had never revealed studies that showed patients were prone to suicide when it made application to the FDA for approval to sell Zoloft.

Now Pfizer’s deception is being tested in the courts. Kim describes the most recent insult to us consumers. We should be outraged!

Suicide, Drug Makers and the FDA — Will You Be Next?

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Next, Please

Our first guest post comes from Sherri Silesky. Sherry blogs about chronic pain and musings because she suffers from a variety of medical problems — having only one of them would knock most patients flat. Sherri’s guest post is called, Next, Please. See what you think — and feel free to comment!

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Would you like to publish a guest post at Every Patient’s Advocate?

I will be pleased to publish your story about Proactive Survivorship.  Specifically, that means you (or a loved one) had a problem with healthcare (medical errors, misdiagnosis, infection problems, system hurdles, arrogant professionals, or any patient safety issue), and can tell the story about how you triumphed over that problem.  If so, I would like to hear from you.

Please contact Trisha at blog (at) EPAdvocate-dot-com with your request.  Up to 600 words accepted. Submissions do not guarantee publication. Trisha reserves the right to accept or refuse any suggestions or submissions.

Please note: 
I will not publish any piece that does not address patient safety issues or other healthcare system problems followed by an example of how you, personally, have either found a solution, or have improved the system for others.  I am not looking for general health information, health education information, or other more generic articles. Please do not bother submitting if you represent another website, educational or otherwise, and are looking to publish for links.