To be an ambassador for your own health, it’s important that you take the time to learn about your long-term disease(es) and the healthcare options available to you. You don’t need to have any sort of formal scientific education to improve your understanding of your medical condition(s) and how they are treated, just a willingness to learn and someone to point you in the right direction. There are plenty of tools and resources available to help you get started on this journey of discovery and assist you along the way.
Information about your health can help you navigate the road ahead in many ways.
- You can go into your healthcare appointments as an active participant, prepared with important questions, which might lead your care in new directions.
- You will be able to better explain your health situation to family and friends.
- You may find that more information helps you to stop worrying about the unknown and find peace.
- Lastly, information empowers. By arming yourself with information, you can gain control over the decision that lie ahead.