ADVOCACY CAN HELP YOU COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN AS WELL AS UNDERSTAND WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOUR BODY
Often, with undiagnosed or poorly managed adrenal insufficiency, people appear "healthy." They tend to have low blood pressure, can be thin, have a great "tan" and have low blood pressure. When you are the one undiagnosed, you do not feel healthy because you are dying. Many times, the undiagnosed get accused of excessive tanning, having anorexia and/or being depressed. It's imperative that you know what symptoms need to be discussed with your doctor, what labs can prove your point and what tests you need to get diagnosed or get your Addison's treatment optimized.
You will be given scholarly documents to bring to your physician so you can get the best treatment possible. Ms. Hardman's goal is to understand you and your needs so that you are able to communicate them to your physician in an educated, organized manner so that your physician can help you to most expediently achieve your maximum potential.
"Most physicians, and even specialists in endocrinology, rarely manage more than a few patients with PAI [Primary Adrenal Insufficiency]. The procedures for diagnosis of PAI, treatment of the disease, and follow-up vary greatly..." Consensus statement on the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of patients with primary adrenal insufficiency, October 2013
For this reason, it's important to have someone to guide you and provide you with educational materials about adrenal insufficiency. Ms. Hardman has a high quality of life and is an ultrarunner;she practices what she preaches and it works. She can guide you through the maze of diagnosis or better treatment of your diseases. You will save months, weeks or even years in getting the diagnosis you deserve by being guided to the materials that will help your physician diagnose you. If you are already diagnosed, you will learn how you can be better optimized.
If you would like to hire Ms. Hardman to assist you on-site or virtually during an appointment (via Skype), it can be arranged by sending an email with your request.
ADVOCACY IS NOT CONFRONTATION
By learning about Addison's, you can talk with your doctor in a way that is comfortable for both you and your doctor. You will be able to discuss issues, to know what questions to ask and to get your life back via diagnosis or optimization of your current regimen. Ms. Hardman can help you decide what tests to ask for from your physician so that you can get the quickest treatment possible.
QUESTIONS ABOUT ADDISON'S SUPPORT ADVOCACY?
Please don't hesitate to ask questions about the services that are offered or how Ms. Hardman can help you. If you are interested in on-site services, virtual consults or clarification of any information, please contact Ms. Hardman.