Many times I hear this phrase, "Be your own advocate" especially when it comes to health issues. What does it really mean?
I don't have any medical background or knowledge of what my body is going through, nor do I really know how / what the protocol or procedures to fix the problem.
I don't know about asking a doctor directly if I should have a certain test. That usually throws them off i think. I rely on them to tell me exactly what to do and I follow. At times, I feel like a test rat. I had doctors in the past asking me to try a certain meds for my spine when my kidneys clearly cannot handle it.
So what does it mean to be your own advocate? Are you all doing it?