Finding Humor in Difficult Situations
- After getting a mesothelioma diagnosis in the middle of a comedy tour, Quincy Jones is making jokes out of the absurdities he said he saw in the healthcare system.
- Jones quipped about an issue many cancer survivors and their families know all too well: feeling dismissed or disregarded by doctors.
- Jones’ experience, as well as those of countless others, show just how important it is to advocate for yourself in the healthcare setting.
“Just hearing funny things, and realizing certain things don’t make sense … people know they don’t make sense, but we all actively participate in things that don’t make sense — like the healthcare system,” Jones said while participating in SurvivorNet’s last “Close the Gap” conference, an event focused on addressing racial disparities when it comes to accessing cancer care.Read More
Even though Jones was able to turn the experience into a hilarious anecdote, many patients have concerning stories about being ignored or pushed aside while seeking medical care. To avoid it, professionals stress the importance of advocating for yourself — it’s very important to speak up in the healthcare setting.
Dr. Zuri Murrell explains why it’s so important to advocate for yourself, and be pushy when you are seeking answers about your health.
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