This topic contains 4 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  Brittany Foster 1 month, 2 weeks ago.

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  • #16840
     Brittany Foster 
    Keymaster

    In my latest column for Recharged and Rewired I wrote about feeling like I have to “apologize” for advocating for my health. I know that I’m not the only one that does this. Often, I find myself asking myself, “why am I apologizing for asking questions to my doctors?” I sometimes think that I’m being a burden and this feeling can hinder me from getting the answers or help that I need.

    Give my latest column a read and let me know your thoughts and if you can relate. Do you find yourself apologizing to medical professionals when asking for results, calling the office, asking question, etc?

  • #16844
     Jen Cueva 
    Participant

    Brittany,
    Thanks for sharing and I hate how hard you’ve struggled with this! The positive is it seems like you’ve come a long way and now doing better as staying positive and upbeat about your body. I’m sorry you had to go through that and sure it’s not easy , still today!

    I definitely can relate , as I apologize all the time to my family, friends , and my doctors and nurses . I always call my PH nurse and say , “ it’s just me , sorry to bother you again “ or something like that. She’s tells me it’s no bother. I continue to work on this daily myself. Often, I must remind myself to not apologize and I feel like I’m getting better, but still do this.

    • #16846
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      I feel like it is hard for people to speak up, especially if there have been times through our life where we have been silenced or our voices haven’t been heard. This is something that I had to really work through and I’m open about the therapy that helped me to find my own voice in my health care. Without that and without identifying why I was struggling with it so bad, I wouldn’t be able to write about it and certainly wouldn’t be able to do the work I’m doing now. It has been very therapeutic for me.

  • #16851
     Jen Cueva 
    Participant

    Definitely Brittany !
    I, too was the shy, quiet one in my family, so it’s harder to voice my opinion but PH and writing and helping others even has been therapeutic as well for myself! It helps us be better versions of ourselves and advocate for ourselves and others .

    • #16853
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      It really does ! I couldn’t agree more 🙂 Glad you are finding your voice and working on stopping the apologizing for your health !

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