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Be Your Own Advocate

advocacy voice Feb 04, 2020
Many years ago I realized that I MUST be my own advocate.  Not my doctor, not my mother, not my husband, but ME.  If I want to go with the flow and be just like everyone else, then shutting down myself to blend in is the way to go. But doing so would mean that I am not acting as MY AUTHENTIC self and that I am not operating at my greatest potential: Mentally, Emotionally, Physically and Spiritually.
 
Three things I refuse to do:
  • BE LESS THAN I AM CAPABLE OF
  • FIT IN JUST TO BE ACCEPTED
  • SILENCE MY VOICE BECAUSE OF THE FEAR OF OTHERS
 
This means that when my doctor thinks she will see me as a number on a lab report, I speak up and say, “While I respect what you are saying, I am more than a number and a normal range on a lab.  Here are my symptoms, and what is going on in my life, and this is what I think…”
 
Or when a friend or acquaintance starts talking about something that I know I do not agree with, then asks me, “What do...
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