Find a personal advocate or someone whom you trust to carry out your wishes and provide emotional support for you throughout your treatment.
This can be a friend, loved one, or co-worker. It is also strongly suggested that if possible this person be willing to act as your medical advocate or defender in the event you are unable to strongly make your own case. Share your feelings with this person. If you are ill or upset, it can be helpful to have someone with you during meetings with your doctor to remember exactly what was said.
Having this person serve as your “secretary” (by taking notes during meetings with your health care providers) can help you make sure valuable information is not lost.