Trisha Torrey is Every Patient’s Advocate, a mission she began after a heinous misdiagnosis of cancer in the summer of 2004. Told she had a rare and aggressive lymphoma and had only months to live without chemo, she instead used her wits and chutzpah to prove the two confirming reviews of her biopsy were — wrong.
What she learned is that American healthcare is not about health or care. It’s about sickness and money. Almost 100,000 people die each year because of medical errors and misdiagnosis. Millions more suffer at the hands of the system through mistakes of diagnosis or treatment. Trisha had become a statistic.
Of course, had she actually suffered through chemo and survived it, she would have been declared cured of an incurable disease. The very doctors who were wrong would have been declared heroes.
Today she reaches out to us in a variety of ways to teach us to be “e-Patients”, EMPOWERED patients, to help patient and health advocates work together, and to improve communications among all parties involved in the healthcare system journey. She has written several books, thousands of blog posts and articles, is the founder and director of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates and its member directory, AdvoConnection.com, a directory for patients to use, and the developer of PracticeUP! Online courses for health and patient advocates.
She has been interviewed and quoted by CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, Fox News, Angie’s List Magazine, O Magazine, Bottom Line Secrets and many more. CNN’s Empowered Patient named her a Hero of Patient Empowerment in 2008.
Read her full-blown misdiagnosis story here.
Trisha’s first book, You Bet Your Life: The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes was published in early 2010 to help patients navigate the dysfunctional healthcare system, to teach them to stick up for themselves to get what they need.
Since then, she has written four books for patient advocates, the Health Advocate Career Series. Learn more about these books at Health Advocate Resources.
In 2015, her second book for patients called You Bet Your Life! The Top 10 Reasons You Need a Patient Advocate by Your Side was published.
Today Trisha can be found at her desk, supporting patient advocates and their clients, traveling to teach workshops or speak around the US, playing with her puppy dog, Banjo, or asking for a mulligan on the first tee.
Find Trisha’s comprehensive resumé here.