In 2004, Trisha Torrey was diagnosed with a rare, fatal lymphoma and told her life would be measured in months. But her intuition told her there was something wrong with the diagnosis. In search of alternatives to both the diagnosis and chemo, Trisha did some homework, empowered herself, and made a few professionals angry, but eventually proved that in fact, she had been misdiagnosed. She had no cancer.
Based on her belief that everything happens for a reason, Trisha, a former teacher and marketing consultant, changed careers to begin teaching others to improve their chances for better medical outcomes, too.
Today Trisha is known as Every Patient’s Advocate. She is a newspaper columnist, About.com’s expert in patient empowerment, and a national speaker who teaches patients how to navigate the unwieldy and dysfunctional health care system. She has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR, USA Today, Fox News, MSNBC, O Magazine, US News and World Report and other media.
In 2009, Trisha founded AdvoConnection.com, a membership organization that provides business support to professional private patient advocates and connects them to the patients who need their services.
Trisha’s first book, entitled You Bet Your Life! The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes (How to Fix Them to Get the Health Care You Deserve) was published in 2009.
In 2010 she published her second book, The Health Advocate’s Marketing Handbook. Learn more about Trisha’s expertise at her websites: www.EveryPatientsAdvocate.com, http://Patients.About.com or http://members.AdvoConnection.com.