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After living for years with painful autoimmune diseases, author Cristy Kessler learned numerous strategies for navigating the medical maze on her journey to diagnosis and treatment. Her book, 5 S.T.E.P.S. to Being Your Own Patient Advocate, is a guide for others to travel through the same maze successfully.
Early reviews are in!!
VERY gripping, enlightening, and uplifting. (Ben Starr)
Dr. Kessler provides a genuinely compelling and honestly
scripted chronicle of her
medical and personal journey. As a
clinical psychologist who specializes
in neuropsychology, I believe this story of
perseverance, resilience and adaptability is a must-read for anyone interested in taking a dynamic role in
their healing process, and improving
their efficacy as a self-advocate. (Dr. Tracie Umaki)
Healthcare providers can be incredibly frustrating and
complex to deal with, especially when individuals are also having to cope with
devastating illness, but Kessler offers common sense, practical tactics when
dealing with doctors, allowing patients to feel in charge of their own health...
although the journey she describes would be somber for most, she is able to
make light of her situation; her humor and good attitude seeps through the
entire book; it is very encouraging...well done. (Maya Soetoro-Ng)
As I have been grappling with a progressive genetic disability, a condition that baffled more than one specialist before finally being pinned down, I can certainly relate to Kessler’s frustration with the way things are typically handled. Each of her five steps will equip you with what is needed to successfully be your own advocate in this utmost area of importance, your own well being. (John C. Kennedy)