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A Beginner's Guide to RA: How to Be a Self-Advocate

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Kick stress in your life concept.
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Self-advocacy can reduce stress


What to do question.
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Question: You have just been diagnosed with RA. What do you do now?


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Answer: Learn everything you can for better treatment


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Consider your own needs when finding a rheumatologist


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Question: How do you find your voice with your doctor?


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Answer: Be assertive with your healthcare team


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How to build assertiveness skills


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Question: Should you challenge your healthcare provider?


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Answer: Yes. It’s your life and your disease


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What is mindful non-adherence?


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To be a better self-advocate — practice