About the Author
Initially Trisha made every mistake a patient could make. But she got smart, fast. She learned that the possibility of excellent care was too easily and frequently eclipsed by miscommunication and mistakes. She also learned that if she didn't stick up for herself, and insist on the help she needed, she would not get it.
Once Trisha put that cancer odyssey behind her, she decided it was up to her to sound the warning bells about the dysfunction, and apply her skills to teaching others how to navigate the dangerous landscape of American healthcare.
Today Trisha calls herself ''Every Patient's Advocate.'' She writes a newspaper column, hosts a weekly health-related talk radio show, guides the About.com website for Patient Empowerment, speaks to groups of patients and professionals, and teaches workshops. She has been quoted by CNN, the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, NPR, Angie's List Magazine, Bottom Line Publications, and others.