I'm not a scientist. I'm not a clinician. I'm there on behalf of patients - Nancy Roach, Advocate For Patients


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A Patient's Advocate Story

When we first started going to doctors appointments with my Mom after her Ovarian Cancer diagnosis, my sisters and I assumed that our role was to be an extra set of eyes and ears in the exam room. And that was true to some extent. Especially at the very beginning.

But over time we came to realize that a far more important contribution was being an extra set of eyes and ears between doctors’ appointments. Helping to make sure my Mom was taking her medications, and creating a schedule for those meds that worked for her. Helping make lists of things she wanted to discuss with her doctors, and jumping into the discussion when "chemo brain" set in and she couldn't remember anything from…

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