Category Archives: Engaged Patient

Debbie

Debbie Higgs

My name is Debbie, and I am a yoga practitioner and teacher. I maintain a healthy lifestyle that focuses on clean eating, exploring the outdoors, and yoga. Most would assume from all physical appearances that I am a healthy woman in her mid-twenties, but I have a hidden disability.

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Marjorie

Marjorie – Colorado Springs, CO

Marjorie is a mother living in Colorado Springs who describes her experience navigating the independent health insurance system to ensure her preventative procedures were covered.

“I could have called in [to the grievance panel review] but I think sometimes it’s a lot harder to say no…to someone to their face.”

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Kiri

Kiri – Fort Collins, CO

Kiri tells her story of being diagnosed with breast cancer and her choice to use alternative treatment options. She illustrates the importance of being an engaged patient.

“In 2010, I felt a lump in my breast, the same story many women have. Then you get swept into a process that very quickly did not feel like my path, and I just had to pull back the reigns and say, ‘hey, wait a minute, I’m going to do this the way I feel right about doing this.’”

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Colton

Colton – Fort Collins, CO

Colton shares his and his father’s health story of chronic Lyme disease and holistic approaches to health. Both he and his father struggled to get their insurance company to pay for alternative treatment methods. His experience has led him to pursue a career path in medicine.

“This experience for me has … inspired me to go into medicine. I want to get to a place where I can be treating people … who went to every doctor in the world and no one could tell them anything.”

 

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Donna

Donna – Rocky Ford, CO

Donna, of Rocky Ford, CO, shares her story of her husband’s head injury.  She talks about how difficult it was to put him in an assisted living home, and about the importance of patient knowledge.  She recognizes that in the current health care system, good doctors are over worked and it is often up to the patient to ensure proper care is being provided.

“I noticed his personality starting to change.  He’s a big man, very loving, very tender.  All of the sudden he started being angry and I became fearful of him, which I had never been before.”

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Carlos

Carlos – Summit County, CO

Carlos, a Summit County resident, talks about breaking his neck while playing high school football. He speaks about his subsequent care and rehabilitation.

“I would just be dreaming about running.  In my dream I would just freeze, then I would realize I was waking up because I’m paralyzed.”

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Myrenna

Myrenna – Aurora, CO

Myrenna is an Aurora resident who fought for her son’s proper Asperger’s diagnosis and school placement. After several years of doctor’s visits, extensive paperwork, and conversations with school officials, she finally got him the help he deserved.  Now she hopes to increase awareness by sharing her HealthStory.

“The doctors in particular need to be educated in the knowledge that you have to be very careful how you communicate with children who have a developmental disability… children do get misdiagnosed because they won’t always understand.  My advice is EDUCATE YOURSELF.”

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