Asthma is a chronic condition; it can be controlled but not cured. As you live with your asthma, you will need to learn about people and places to go to for help. Self-advocacy empowers you to get the support you need by:
- Taking an active role in managing your asthma.
- Asking the right questions to the right people, and making sure you understand the answers you are given before making decisions about your care.
- Working with your Healthcare Professionals to help you set your goals and then meet them.
- Understanding your rights and responsibilities as a patient.
- Telling your family, friends, boss, co-workers and others what they can do to help you manage your asthma.
Knowledge is power in self-advocacy. Understanding the words that your Healthcare Professionals use will help you become more comfortable asking questions. If you don’t understand something, ask! You should ask questions to make sure you understand exactly what choices you have as you manage your asthma.
You will find that the type of information you need will change over time. Start with understanding the big questions before you ask about the small details, but make sure that you keep asking for the information you feel is important. Here are some tools to help you along:
|Self Advocacy Guide|
|Best Practices for Asthma Management in Schools (English)|
|Bill of Rights (English)|
|The How To Health Guide|