Friday, April 20, 2012

Day Twenty, Cushing's Awareness Challenge

This is one of the suggestions from the Cushing's Awareness Challenge post:

What have you learned about the medical community since you have become sick?

This one is so easy.  I've said it a thousand times - you know your own body better than any doctor will.  Most doctors have never seen a Cushing's patient, few ever will in the future.

If you believe you have Cushing's (or any other rare disease), learn what you can about it, connect with other patients, make a timeline of symptoms and photographs. Read, take notes, save all your doctors notes, keep your lab findings, get second/third/ten or more opinions.

This is your life, your one and only shot (no pun intended!) at it.  Make it the best and healthiest that you can.

When my friend and fellow e-patient Dave deBronkart learned he had a rare and terminal kidney cancer, he turned to a group of fellow patients online  and found a medical treatment that even his own doctors didn't know. It saved his life.

In this video he calls on all patients to talk with one another, know their own health data, and make health care better one e-Patient at a time.