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8 Steps to Self Advocacy

Self advocacy means you’re ready to stand up for yourself.

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Self advocacy: Show your strength by being prepared, organized and standing up for yourself.
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We’ve all been there – sitting in a doctor’s office, listening to a well-educated professional say something that makes us feel like our confidence is fizzling like our nerves. Ever had that moment where you think, “Do they even know what they’re talking about?” So, what’s the plan?

Linda has been itching to create this presentation on self advocacy for what feels like ages. The spark ignited when she noticed people receiving discouraging messages from their doctors and health providers, like “there’s no cure,” “Neuropathy is just in your head,” or being brushed off with a dismissive “it’s not that serious.” It’s time to empower folks to stand up for themselves!

Linda Petiot, President of the Calgary Neuropathy Association, dives into the art of self advocacy in this video, helping you gear up for those doctor visits and squeeze the most out of every appointment.

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Note: We recommend you turn on the Closed Captioning for this and all our videos. The transcripts provided will not be perfect – they will get some words wrong, and they may cover some of the content on the slides, but if helps you follow along Closed Captioning is there and can be helpful.

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Linda’s journey with the CNA began in 2015 when she stepped into the role of Vice President, eventually ascending to the position of President. But her dedication to community service doesn’t stop there.

Before joining us, she lent her expertise to Scouts Canada, wore multiple hats at the Riverbend Community Association, and even spearheaded the creation of a playground as Secretary of the Parent Association for Dr. Oakley School. Beyond her volunteer work, Linda brings a wealth of professional experience in business application requirements analysis & design, process development, and technical writing. As fate would have it, she transitioned away from her professional role just as the pandemic swept through North America in March 2020, redirecting her focus and energy into the CNA’s mission.

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