Friday, August 20, 2010

There is a Silver Lining in Your Medical Care

In a daunting medical system, you must take action in your own medical care, if possible. This message is for you if

  • You are someone able to advocate for yourself, but are too intimidated to do so.
  • You are uninsured or underinsured.
  • You need information about major health issues like cancer.
People who are proactive in their own health care become empowered.

Part of being proactive is knowing when to ask for help and who to approach for help. This is why I highly recommend A Silver Lining Foundation, whose mission is  "To ensure dignified, respectful, and equal access to quality cancer education and services for all, by creating meaningful partnerships with community, advocacy, and healthcare organizations."

About three years ago, I got to know its founder Dr. Sandy Goldberg, a breast cancer survivor and thriver, and NBC Chicago's Health and Nutrition Contributor. It is refreshing to see somebody so passionate about helping people of all socioeconomic backrounds get quality health care. A Silver Lining Foundation helps those who are uninsured and underinsured get proper medical help.

To hear Dr. Sandy Goldberg discuss A Silver Lining Foundation, please see Blog Talk Radio's Hope for the Journey.

Founded in 2002, Chicago-based A Silver Lining Foundation has since helped countless people get free mammograms and has partnered with hospitals to ensure each patient gets followup cancer treatment if necessary. If you have any concerns or questions about this, just call A Silver Lining Foundation at 312-345-1322. 

Making this call can help you become proactive in your own health care. And that's empowering.

Beth L. Gainer is a professional writer and has published numerous academic and magazine articles, as well as an essay on her breast cancer experience in the anthology Voices of Breast Cancer by LaChance Publishing. Beth teaches writing and literature at Robert Morris University in the Chicago area. She has a guest posting on The World's Strongest Librarian at Shecan be contacted at and Photobucket

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