Grab a martini, let's demystify menopause.
Today’s Topic: My Name is Kelli, and I Am A Women’s Health Care Advocate
What does that even mean?
I have been doing a lot of interviews lately, to spread the word about the launch of my new book, Martinis and Menopause.
In a recent interview with Julie Finch, who hosts a fantastic podcast called Legal Bits for Business, I was asked about what it means to call myself a Woman’s Healthcare Advocate. The question really got me thinking about the whole notion of health advocacy.
We are in an incredibly dynamic phase of healthcare in this country. The ACA has done a great deal to insure more people and there are incredible technologies for treatments and cures. More than ever before, we can make decisions on different types of treatments that are available that will dramatically help us live better lives. These opportunities were not there even a decade ago for any of us. It’s exciting.
Exciting, and overwhelming. Why? Because along with the opportunities, also come a tremendous learning curve to get the right information to make the most informed decisions for ourselves. Gone are the days of simply taking what your doctor says and blindly following that advice.
You as a patient are now a main part of your healthcare team. Being your own health advocate means you taking the driver’s seat of your health, and not blindly sitting in the back seat. It involves effort, and research, and asking others about care providers who understand them.
Being a health advocate means being a detective for health. So basically, I’m a detective.
Kelli Jaecks, Private Eye. Hmmm…I like the sound of that…
The work I do is always focused on empowering women to live their best selves. ADVOCATING for women to know the right questions to ask so that they can get the right information, is what I feel most called to do. Helping women to know they aren’t alone and that there are others who also experience the symptoms they have, carries tremendous power. This is the meaning behind my work.
So how did I answer her question?
“I am a Women’s Health Care Advocate working to empower women to be their own health advocates. I provide education, strategies, ideas, and encouragement.”
Yep. That’s what I do.
I’m still riding high from an amazing night on April 4th with many from my Salem tribe at the official Martinis & Menopause book launch party!
We ate, we drank, we hugged, we celebrated – it was fantastic!
Thank you to everyone who came for being such an important part of a very special night.
So many people have helped make Martinis & Menopause a reality - from my friends and family, to the publishers at Mascot Books, to my marketing team at Oh! Creative… it’s been a real group effort, and I’m so grateful to everyone!
A very special THANK YOU to the sponsors who have helped make the soirées and the book launch a reality. These businesses donated space, raffle items and giveaways, food, drinks, immeasurable support of all kinds, and I could not have done it without them.
My heartfelt thanks go to:
The Club at Paradiso
Grapes & Barley
Trio Meno Mosso
…and here’s a fun video to thank our sponsors!
NEXT BOOK EVENT:
If you missed the Salem book launch, or know of someone who lives in Portland, OR, join us at my next reading and signing on Sunday, May 6 at the Tanasbourne Barnes & Noble!
More information can be found on the B&N Facebook Event - please RSVP if you plan to attend!
I’m Kelli. I am a menopause survivor, who has catapulted, stumbled, laughed, and cried my way to the other side of perimenopause and menopause. Along the way I’ve learned invaluable tips and resources to live my best self and beat the Hormone Groan!
No longer a hormone hostage (at least most days), my goal is to help you live well and with personal power through all the changes we go through in this incredible journey of life!