Episode 91- What can we do to advocate for ourselves in the healthcare system and why we need to


Terri shares her nightmare experience navigating through the healthcare system to get to diagnosis and treatment for her daughter and talks with Jacqueline about how to be good health advocate and the ways in which changes need to be made at a systemic level.  

Show Highlights 

  • Terri talks about the onerous journey in trying to get to resolution for her daughter’s daily pain and the navigation through the fragmented health system and signing up for MDVIP to pay for concierge healthcare 

  • Terri shares the stories and statistics around how the healthcare system is failing women through underdiagnosis or lack of diagnosis 

  • Jacqueline and Terri talked about how we women know our own bodies and doctors need to listen to us 

  • Terri emphasizes the need to investor more dollars into women’s health, diagnostics, and treatments 

  • Terri and Jacqueline talk about how you can advocate for your own health and for the health of your loved ones 

  • Terri talks about the lack of visibility into all the medical records for herself and for her kids as Terri can’t see the doctor’s notes 

  • Terri and Jacqueline discuss how you can be an advocate for your own health or the health of your loved ones 

  • Terri shares recommendations for changes as suggested by Maya Dusenbery in Doing Harm 


Terri’s Key Takeaway 

Terri has come to believe that the journey with her daughter is a sign from the universe (along with her professional experience) that she needs to take a greater role in advocating for better healthcare for women.   


References in the Podcast 



Jacqueline can be reached through her website https://www.jacquelinesteenhuis.com/ and can be followed on Twitter @TipsyCoPilot.   

You can follow Terri on Twitter at @terrihansonmead or go to her website at www.terrihansonmead.com or on Medium:  https://medium.com/@terrihansonmead.  

Feel free to email Terri at PilotingYourLife@gmail.com. 

To continue the conversation, go to Twitter at @PilotingLife and use hashtag #PilotingYourLife.