BY COLLEEN MCCARTNEY
I come from a large New York Irish family and our grandparents didn’t always have health insurance, therefore us having insurance was a big deal to my parents. I was raised if you are sick at all, you go right to the doctor and they’ll fix you up. For some things that was fine, but as I grew up and had different issues to deal with I started to learn that not all doctors were really looking at my overall wellness. They were trying to alleviate a symptom of the real problem going on.
I started looking at other healthy options when my neurologist prescribed a medication for my narcolepsy that landed me in the hospital. I was told that what happened was not a side effect of the medications that I was on; only to find the drug trial studies online telling a very different story. At the time, I was getting allergy shots each week because I was suffering from severe allergies when I spent time outdoors. The shots were so strong that I had to keep an EpiPen on me. I am an extremely active person and spend much of my time outdoors so to be told that I suddenly was no longer able to continue my life outdoors was a total shock. I thought that the point of seeing the doctors and using the medications was to get better, not worse. I realized that the medical industry while great and necessary for some things wasn’t something to trust blindly. I needed to be an advocate for my own wellness because nobody else was going to do that for me.
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