PEN-Powered Activity Guide VI

HOW CAN YOU OVERCOME HURDLES IN YOUR HEALTHCARE JOURNEY?

Honora Miller : Hi , I ' m Honora Mi l ler , it ' s my pleasure to be the Myeloma Network Manager for Patient Empowerment Network and I look forward to speaking with Barry Marcus . Barry Marcus : I ' m Barry Marcus . I am 70 years old ; I was diagnosed with myeloma in 2015. I am a retired Geologist , I worked for the sacrament of County Environmental Management Department for 20 years , and I ' ve been retired since 2012. I think my biggest hurdle was finding an oncologist that I was very comfortable with that didn ' t hesitate to give me al l the information that I wanted , and it took me a whi le . When I first had my diagnosis , I was in a health plan where I had a very hard time understanding my oncologist , I didn ' t have a lot of confidence in him , and I was able — because I had just turned 65— to get on Medicare and change health plans outside of the open enrol lment process , and I was fortunate enough to find an oncologist that I now have complete confidence in , and I ' ve been seeing him for four or five years now , and I wouldn ' t want anyone else .

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