Annette shares the best way for a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer to advocate for herself in the doctor's office.
In any case when women have some kind of catastrophic illness, they are going to find themselves in a multiplicity of situations that are new to them. They are going to be dealing with multiple hospitals, labs, different doctors, and it is critical that women know that they have to take the initiative to make sure that they are understood, to make sure that they’re being represented.
If they don’t believe something is right, they have to make sure that they pursue that issue. We encourage women to get a second opinion, to never leave something misunderstood, because a lot of times in critical illness, we’re dealing with terms that we don’t understand. We are not doctors. So this is all new to us.
So it’s important to keep asking questions until you understand, and I always encourage women to realize that they may not get a second chance. This is their body, this is their life, so they have to pursue any question and any issue until they’re satisfied that they’re getting the very best care, that they have the very best knowledge, and that whatever is available to anyone is available to them.
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