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Advocate Me

by Sue Robins, Living with Cancer

I never wanted to be an advocate. I’m a conflict-adverse introvert by nature. When my youngest son was born with Down syndrome, the title of Advocate was foisted upon me.  I was also suddenly a Special Needs Mom.  These were clubs I never signed up for. 

Thrown neck-deep into the health system with a baby with medical issues, I quickly learned to speak up at specialists’ offices to get my questions answered.  I figured out that most advocacy work is relationship-based, which means if you have a relationship with the person you are directing your advocacy efforts towards, things will go much better. 

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