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When a loved one falls ill : how to be an effective patient advocate

by Monaghan, Gerri.

Format: Print Book 2011
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Summary

The much-needed book for anyone with a loved one facing a serious illness. It is the book that's a bible for how to make the potentially life-or-death decisions that every medical advocate, and every patient, must grapple with--especially now, as health care becomes ever more complicated. It is the practical blueprint for how to be a successful medical advocate.

When Gerri Monaghan's husband, Brian, then a fifty-nine-year-old lawyer at the top of his game, got the news that all of us dread--a diagnosis of brain tumors caused by Stage IV melanoma with a prognosis of three to six months to live--she knew that this was a challenge the two of them would fight together. Brian brought his enormous courage, attitude, and reserves of humor, and Gerri, with dogged determination, stood up again and again for what they needed--tirelessly researching options, reaching out to friends, family, and anyone who could help, resisting the status quo, and always thinking in terms of "we."

Together they tell their story, back and forth, punctuated throughout by Gerri's top 50 tips for how to be an advocate: #1 Trust your intuition. #6 Create a battle plan. #15 Get copies of records. #26 Make doctors speak in a language that you understand. #33 Don't schedule surgery during the holidays. #49 Remember, this is not a dress rehearsal.

Contents
Get a 'tude
Get an advocate
Issue a call to general quarters
Revel in laughter and the love of friends
Push the envelope
Take care of the home front
Keep on fighting
Expect the unexpected
Make your life worth living
Recognize the gifts you've been given
Epilogue
The Monaghan Manual
The Advocate's Notebook.

Additional Information
Subjects Monaghan, Brian -- Health.
Melanoma -- Patients -- California -- Biography.
Brain -- Tumors -- Patients -- California -- Biography.
Lawyers -- California -- Biography.
Patient advocacy.
Publisher New York :Workman Publishing,2011
Other Titles Power of two.
How to be an effective patient advocate
Contributors Monaghan, Brian.
Monaghan, Brian. Power of two.
Language English
Notes Revised and updated ed. of The Power of Two by Brian & Gerri Monaghan, 2009.
Description xx, 252 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 9780761165071 (alk. paper)
076116507X (alk. paper)
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