Chronic Condition: Diabetes
I have been managing diabetes for over 50 years. It has never been easy but is more manageable with technology such as a continuous glucose monitor and insulin pump. I have worked as an EMT on an ambulance and in disaster response and received a Certificate in Patient Advocacy from Cleveland State University/The Cleveland Clinic.
I currently work as a Community Care Navigator for a small rural hospital.
While working as a Patient Advocate, and earlier as an EMT, I met many people who do not understand their condition, do not understand how to ask for help from their providers, or even understand that they have a right to education and the autonomy to make decisions regarding their care.
A patient advocate needs to have a strong drive for justice and having witnessed much needless suffering, I have a passion to help people be healthy and live the best life possible. Whether that is advocating in a healthcare setting, or advocating for policy changes.