The Truth of It: Kelly

Kelly has worked as a personal support worker, helping in elderly care but now is a certified fitter (of prosthetics and bras) for women who have had mastectomies and lumpectomies. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 11, and with breast cancer at the age of 28.

The Truth of It: Nicole

Nicole was diagnosed non-Hodgkin Lymphoma at the age of 16. She has two sisters and began college last fall.

Protected: The Doctor Will See You Now

“Know your primary concern. If you have chest pain, bring it up first.” Jack C. Rosenfeld, MD, Family Medicine, Lansdale, PA Here are a few basics about your doctor’s appointment that will allow you to maximize the time with her and also keep you on track so you get the most of what your doctor has to offer. You may think you know all of this already but according to doctors and other medical professionals, many patients don’t.

Understand Your Diagnosis It is imperative that you understand your diagnosis. When you meet with your doctor, bring your medical journal and write everything down. Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Your Diagnosis:

What is my diagnosis? Where can I find information about my diagnosis? Do you have information you can give me? Are there any other possible diagnoses for my condition? What do I need to do to recover? How long do you think it will take for me to recover? What tests and procedures do I need to have done? Are there alternatives to these tests and procedures? What changes do I need to make to support my recovery? Do I need another appointment with you?

Before your appointment, write all these questions down in your medical journal. Be sure to write down the answers during or [...] continue the story