Beth L. Gainer

Beth Gainer
Author and breast cancer self-advocate Beth L. Gainer

After my numerous cancer treatments, I reflected upon my medical situation. The fact that I was only alive because I had successfully advocated for myself in an uncaring healthcare system kept bugging me. If I could do it, me, an ordinary person, anyone could, right?

The idea to write a book came and persisted. It took three years, but I wrote the book that I wish I’d had during my own diagnosis and treatment.

Calling the Shots: Coaching Your Way Through the Healthcare System may help you fight your own health battles – and win. Of course, no guarantees for positive outcomes exist for any of us, but one fact is certain: those who advocate for themselves can better ensure their medical needs are taken care of.

I have also published an essay on my breast cancer experience, “Breaking Barriers,” in the anthology Voices of Breast Cancer by LaChance Publishing. I speak in public venues about my experience, and I write about navigating the healthcare system in my Calling the Shots blog-column.