Her book is not only a chronicle of her medical journey, but also a guide for patients suffering from chronic disease who have gotten lost or forgotten in a confusing medical maze. Hers was a journey that might have ended in death had she not taken charge of her own health care and became her own best patient advocate.
Finding no treatment options in the United States, she traveled abroad to get a life-saving stem cell transplant. Recognizing that her journey had been marked by very specific behaviors of medical self-advocacy, she developed the 5 STEPS which are based on the following principles:
Sensibility: We know what our bodies are telling us about our well being and we need the tools to communicate that clearly to our physicians.
Teamwork: We, along with our doctors and our network of family and friends, collaborate and work as a team for the most effective medical outcomes.
Education: We do our own research regarding our medical issues and share our learning with team members who reciprocate with support and the sharing of knowledge.
Patience/Perseverance: We are patient with our bodies, ourselves, and others; we persevere regardless of setbacks and obstacles we encounter.
Sustainability: We recognize that our overall well being depends on sustaining not only the body, but also the mind and spirit.
From Chicago, Kessler will make appearances in Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina with additional dates and locations to be added.
Maury County Senior Center, Columbia, TN, July 8 at 7:00 pm
Williamson County Library, Franklin, TN, July 9 at 3:00 pm.
Jackson-Butts County Library on behalf of Sylvan Grove Hospital, Jackson, GA, July 14 at 6:00 pm.
Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC, July 16 at 7:00 pm.
To learn more about Dr. Kessler and her 5 STEPS, visit www.5stepsadvocate.com.
Sharon K. Miller
Sharon K. Miller