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Patient Advocate

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30 simbi per session - Virtual OK

When you have a chronic illness it can be overwhelming. Having someone you trust to go to appointments with you and help you learn how to get the care you deserve from medical providers can make a huge difference. I used to work for a Federally Qualified Health Center and help Patients with no insurance get their medicines and treatment. Now I am a professional patient. I have learned how to advocate for my self and others, sometimes that is just being there to hold their hand during a scary appointment and other times it is asking providers question about their choice of treatments. I am not a medical professional but I have extensive experience dealing with the medical system as a advocate and as a patient.

Training & Qualifications


I worked as an advocate for 5 years. At this point I help friends and sometimes strangers online help find the services they need. Whether you are newly diagnosed or frustrated that you aren't getting the attention you need from your provider you need someone who can help you get the most out of your interactions with your provider. Talking with someone who can help you ask the right questions or help you prepare for appointments by teaching you what you need to track to give your Dr the information they need to properly treat you can make a huge difference.
I would love to help people who are getting ready to start dialysis understand what it is like and what the Drs dont tell you. I have talked to my providers about this and they agreed that it would be helpful for new patients to have a peer available to help them through the process.

Availability & Preferences


afternoons. I am at dialysis all night so I am not awake until later. I can however arrange a morning if that is what is needed.

Trading Preference: I prefer being paid in simbi

Reviews of Samantha


Pamela provided Hour of Coach for Samantha
Apr 12, 2016
I don't know anyone as open minded, kind and compassionate as Samantha. She provides a listening ear without judgement and she's provided valuable per...spective to myself and others. Thank you!! Would recommend a hundred times over!show more

Recommendations


Pauline Kelley
Pauline Kelley wrote a recommendation for Samantha Will
May 04, 2016

I suffer from chronic back pain, but was woefully unprepared on how to talk to my doctors to get the help I needed. Samantha sat down with me and helped me go over what information I needed to provide the doctor, and what questions I should be asking to make sure I got the appropriate care. She was a fantastic help with navigating my insurance as well! My life is so much better now thanks to her!

Tom Comstock wrote a recommendation for Samantha Will
Apr 21, 2016

A few months ago I received a scary and life changing diagnosis. Sam was one of the first people I told. I knew it was safe to talk to Sam. I was freaking out and needed a calm voice reminding me to breath. Over the next few days Sam helped me make a list of questions to talk to my Dr. about, and drove me to a Dr's appointment to hear what could have been more bad news. When you have a major diagnosis there's so much ground to cover, and how do you even know what to ask sometimes? Sam has a gift of insight through a complicated medical system combined with compassion and genuine caring for people. She is a graceful and lovely person who enjoys helping others.

Pamela Nichols wrote a recommendation for Samantha Will
Apr 07, 2016

Samantha is part of an online group I joined over a year ago. She has become an invaluable confidant in that time and provided me with many suggestions regarding mental health. I follow her suggestions because they are easy and based on her experience. And because they help. The greatest thing I know of about about Samantha is her compassion and her beautiful spirit. She's truly one in a million.

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About Samantha Will

I am a professional patient. So far 33 surgeries. I have come through all of it with a positive attitude and the skills to help others navigate the often frustrating medical systems. I used to lea...d support groups for National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI ) . I have also helped out family members when they were ill. No matter what you, or someone you love, are dealing with having someone there to help you get through takes some of the stress out of the situation show more

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