I work in the Public Affairs Department at Mayo Clinic, and I’ll be writing about patient support tools and patient support groups at Mayo Clinic.
For my first post, I’m going to share a presentation from a longtime Mayo patient and caregiver. She found that her friends and neighbors all had the same questions about Mayo Clinic – so she put together a great presentation to empower patients and caregivers.
Lessons I Have Learned from Mayo Clinic
by Brenda McGuire
When the third generation of our family was being treated by Mayo Clinic staff, I realized that I knew things about coping with illness that my waiting room companions did not. Past experiences had forced me to learn lessons that made subsequent illnesses easier to bear. While negotiating the world of medicine can be intimidating, learning those lessons was empowering. There was no need to be passive any more--just polite. After all, those medical types needed patients as much as we needed them.