Patient and client advocacy is one of the paramount responsibilities of care. Patient engagement, ability to learn, to trust and to make difficult decisions at their most vulnerable can rely on their relationships with their care partners. A time of illness is a stressful time for patients as well as for their families. The best-laid plans can go awry, judgment is impaired, and, put simply, we are not at your best when you are sick. Patients need someone who can look out for their best interests and help navigate the confusing healthcare system–in other words, an advocate. An effective advocate is someone you trust who is willing to act on your behalf as well as someone who can work well with other members of your healthcare team. I work with clients living with a cancer diagnosis on a daily basis to be an effective and compassionate supporter, believer, educator, researcher, sponsor, promoter, campaigner, backer, and spokesperson. I foster the optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, and throughout the cancer community and beyond focusing on the specific needs of each client. Empathy, and compassion lay the foundation for optimal relationships and create a space for healing on many levels. I love being a patient advocate and I thank my gracious nominators in recognizing my passion for caring.
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