Be your own health advocate

Sonya Lovell // November 20 // 0 Comments

I hear many stories from clients in their 40’s or older, where they’ve felt unsupported by their health professionals. They don’t feel listened to or their concerns are brushed off as something they don’t need to worry about. Ugh 😠 These stories frustrate me so much and I know they frustrate the heck out of my clients! So I tell them it’s time to be their own health advocate.

Especially when they are already feeling rubbish and are questioning their sanity daily… leaving them to think maybe it’s all in their heads after all?!

So… what to do if this happens to you?

The simple answer is… be your own health advocate, stand up for yourself and don’t accept being fobbed off or given a diagnosis or advice that just doesn’t sit right with you. Honey, that intuition of yours is ALWAYS right… trust it.

And how do you become your own health advocate, ’cause that sounds kinda complicated, right? Nope. It’s super easy.

Read on for 3 really simple but powerful steps you can take, starting today to become your own health advocate.

Keep a health journal

Start keeping a journal of everything you notice, any changes you recognise in your body – physically, emotionally and mentally. This collection of symptoms and signs becomes data that is super powerful. Being able to go along to any Dr’s appointment armed with the data you’ve collected puts you in the drivers seat and makes it harder for you to be fobbed off.

Become your own Sherlock Holmes!

Prepare questions ahead

Write down ALL the questions you have for your Dr, before your appointment. Showing up prepared with a list of questions and the data you’ve collected per the step above, to back your questions up… BOOM. You are advocating baby and they have no choice but to take you and your concerns seriously.

And if they don’t, the next step is for you.

Don’t feel listened to? Advocate by moving on!

Still feeling unheard or your concerns have been minimised and that gut instinct is still sending you signals… move on.

YOU get to make the choices about your body, you know what feels right and what doesn’t. Trust yourself and trust that you have the power and the right to seek a second/third or even fourth opinion, if that’s what you need to do.

Ask friends to recommend a Dr or specialist that has experience and up-to-date knowledge of women’s health, someone who is empathetic, educated and open to working with you.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Martin Luther King
About the Author Sonya Lovell

Helping women in their midlife learn to love their body, food and exercise again. I'm a passionate (and at times fierce!) advocate for women’s health, equality, rights, health at every size and for always leading with kindness.