What is Health Advocacy?
A Health Advocate is someone who acts as a support system, coach, and mentor for you on your journey to wellness. Your advocate is someone you empower to empower you. It can be as little as scheduling your appointments but often includes accompanying you to your appointments to act as a second set of ears to help absorb the sometimes overwhelming information you receive. A Health Advocate is there to help organize the chaos. To help quantify conflicting information, manage supplement protocols, and inform all parties of each proper procedure. When on your journey to recovery, there will be many cooks in the kitchen in an attempt to get you well, a Health Advocate acts as a sous chef helping to create order and understanding during the execution. As all of the best Lyme literate Doctors can attest, the symptoms of Lyme disease and many other chronic illnesses, while having a few consistencies, can also be extremely disparate and nerve wracking. As your Health Advocate Daisy is there to help take the confusion and stress out of this process so you can focus on the most important part of the journey, healing.
Dr. Klinghard speaks about Daisy as a Health Advocate:
When you're dealing with Lyme and other chronic illnesses, you may have some questions:
Brain fog? What is that?
Why can’t I get out of bed?
Am I just depressed?
Am I seeing the right people? Do I need additional help? Do I need help juggling the multiple practitioners with conflicting advice? Have all of my practicioners been communicating with each other? Are they aware of the different protocols I've explored?
I've looked at traditional Western Medicine for treatment? I've looked to Eastern Medicine for treatment? I've looked to homeopathy for treatment? Can all of these work in concert with each other?
Am I in my own way of healing?
All of these questions are normal. Your Health Advocate is there to act as a guide, to help you find the best of what you need for your individual situation.