My experience with cancer pushed me to make “consumer-driven” actually mean something in the healthcare industry. By Aimee Jungman
I’m a 42 year-old woman who has always been in good health. In April of ‘08, I started getting cramps in my stomach. They persisted for several weeks and occasionally were accompanied by sharp pains. This was unusual for my body. While on vacation, I admitted myself into a hospital emergency room (ER). The ER did blood work, a CT-scan, and an MRI, and said there was nothing seriously wrong. I just had a urinary tract infection (UTI) and a small cyst on my ovary that the doctor explained would go away on its own. The doctor prescribed medicine for the UTI and advised me to check in with my OB/GYN in a few months for a checkup.
What surprised me about the whole experience was that the clinical system seemed to dismiss my concern. As a woman who knows her own body, I was telling them something was wrong, but they told me I was overreacting. They were incredibly nonchalant and explained that female bodies were always changing due to hormones or menopause, that it can be hard for women to accept aging, [...] continue the story