Often with a long-term medical condition, it’s easy to feel as if you have lost control over your health, body, and life, including your rights. Regaining your sense of control by successfully advocating for yourself and others can give you back hope and self-esteem — two powerful factors in recovery. Kristal shares how to use patient advocacy skills in many areas of your life plus she shares:
• The importance of self-advocacy and self-care, especially now,
• Ways to build a community online and offline,
• How to rewire your brain to focus on the positive regardless of what’s going on around you
plus so much more…
About our Guest: Kristal Kent is an Army Veteran, Fibromyalgia Advocate, Veteran Advocate, and Patient Leader Expert. With 20 years of Social Service experience, Kristal’s advocacy work focuses on educating the Fibromyalgia Community on their illness, how to best advocate for their healthcare needs, and apply for Medical Disability Benefits. As a Veteran with Fibromyalgia, Kristal also advocates on behalf of Military Veterans diagnosed with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain Conditions, and Fibromyalgia. She works beside other Military Veterans and Veteran Organizations to bring about legislative changes at the VA. Her advocacy effort, for the Military Veteran Community and Fibromyalgia Community, has garnered several recognitions and awards. Kristal Kent is a member of “WEGO Health,” “Society for Participatory Medicine,” a Co-Op Member of the “Savvy Cooperation for Patients” and is a Board of Trustee Member for the “Fibromyalgia Care Society of America.” Kristal is the Founder of “The Fibromyalgia Pain Chronicles,” Founder of the “National Alliance of Fibromyalgia Advocates” and Co-Founder of “Veteran Voices For Fibromyalgia.” You can connect with Kristal and read about her Advocacy Initiatives on social media at https://www.facebook.com/FibroPainChronicles and https://www.facebook.com/VeteranVoicesForFibromyalgia/
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