I began my quest to help others navigate their own health care after being diagnosed with a very rare, life-threatening cancer in 2004. I was told two labs had independently confirmed the diagnosis, and I needed to start chemotherapy immediately or I would die within months.
Trusting my intuition that I was not nearly so sick as the lab reports indicated, I set about finding the right professionals, asking questions, researching on the Internet, analyzing medical terms and being doggedly persistent to learn more about the disease I was told would be my demise.
Instead, what I learned surprised everyone. Just short of starting chemo, I determined I had no cancer at all. My findings were later confirmed by the National Institutes of Health.
Realizing that millions more patients were confronting challenges with their health care every day, I began documenting the work I had done so others could use the tools I had developed, too.
Today I focus on helping patients, their caregivers, and the advocates who can help them all find better outcomes despite the dysfunction of the healthcare system.
Trisha Torrey is a former writer for Verywell Mind covering patient advocacy issues. She addresses the problems patients have by giving the best possible health and medical care by supplying them with tools and knowledge they need to navigate the healthcare system, stay safe in the pursuit of care, and find their best outcomes. She is recognized by patients and professionals alike for her ability to translate the challenges patients face into tools and solutions they can use to improve their health care.
In addition to her writing and speaking, she has built a website called the AdvoConnection Health Advocate Directory to help connect patients and patient advocates, where she also provides business advice to the advocates who participate through The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHAdvocates.org)
Trisha's first book, "You Bet Your Life! The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes (How to Fix Them to Get the Healthcare You Deserve)" was published for patients and caregivers in early 2010, later revised and updated in 2013 to address the changes and new issues brought about by the Affordable Care Act.
Her second and third books, "The Health Advocate's Marketing Handbook" and "The Health Advocate's Start and Grow Your Own Practice Handbook," were written to help private health and patient advocates help patients.
Trisha is often quoted in the media, including CNN, MSNBC, NPR, "The Wall Street Journal", "O Magazine", and "Time".
Trisha holds a bachelor's degree in education from Bucknell University and a master's degree in education from Elmira College.
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