Americans pay more for most medications than most countries. The power of the pharmaceutical lobbies is a topic for another day. But the consequences are real for every American, whether using private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, other insurance or paying out-of-pocket. A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with a type of adult-onset asthma. After three…
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Feeling vulnerable and afraid after hearing an unexpected diagnosis?
I’ve been in your shoes.
My name is Elisabeth Schuler. I’m the founder and CEO here at Patient Navigator LLC.
In 1998, while I was working for the U.S.Department of State and we had just returned from an overseas assignment, my two-year-old child was diagnosed with an inoperable brainstem tumor. The ground collapsed beneath me.
Suddenly, I was thrown into a completely unfamiliar universe.
I realized that I needed to educate myself quickly on every aspect of brain tumors.
Using the skills I’d mastered as a diplomat in my Foreign Service career, I got to work researching the disease, contacting pediatric brain tumor specialists across the country and learning how to communicate with medical professionals to get answers and results.
Thankfully, after consulting with doctors and making a treatment decision based on the best information we had, my child survived.
But something had changed.
I’d been through an experience that nobody should have to go through – and I wanted to share what I had learned with other people trying to navigate the confusing, inefficient and stressful maze of our healthcare system.
But more than that, I wanted to give people the help and support they need during this difficult time in their lives.
That’s why I started Patient Navigator.
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Our job is to find solutions and to overcome the obstacles you may face during your journey through illness or ageing so that you can focus on what matters most in your life. If you think you could use our help – or just want to see how we could help you – give us a call.
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From the Blog
Four things you must know when serious illness strikes: Get Smart Fast. Get Organized. Stand Your Ground, Nicely. Always Follow Up. Read this article for detailed helpful hints.
Being diagnosed with a serious illness is a frightening experience. It is important that you research and educate yourself about your disease and learn to communicate with your medical team. An informed patient gets better results.