Be present. Ask questions. Speak up.
Keep good records.
Refuse to be intimidated.
Most importantly, don’t give up.

Survival involves taking control of your life and being proactive with the decisions you make. Surviving a journey through the U.S. health care system involves more than getting out alive. Sometimes survival means holding on to your own dignity and dying on your own terms.

Whether you are a caregiver, patient, health care professional or patient advocate, there are resources available to help you. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to achieve the outcome that’s important to you.

Here are links to resources that may be of help at different stages of your process: