Youre Invited! We hope you‘ll join us for our next Empowered #patientchat as we discuss the emotional impact of a serious illness.

Being diagnosed with a serious illness can feel overwhelming and you may experience a range of emotions. These emotions may change daily, hourly, or even minute to minute. This is normal. In this #patientchat, we want to discuss the signs of emotional distress, how to cope, and where to find resources and support.

We hope to see you Friday, October 19th on Twitter (or at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern. Be sure to include the hashtag #patientchat in all your responses!

Guiding our discussion will be the following Topic Questions (T#):

T1: Many patients feel overwhelmed after a major diagnosis. What can help? What can you do to take control? #patientchat

T2: Have you spoken with your doctor about the emotional impacts of your health condition? Why or why not? #patientchat

T3: What are the signs of emotional distress? How do you know when it’s time to get additional help? #patientchat

T4A: How has the current healthcare system met (or not met) your needs for emotional health and support? #patientchat

T4B: If you could improve the support you currently get through the healthcare system, what would it be? #patientchat

T5: What are some resources that are helpful in coping and dealing with your emotional distress? #patientchat

T6: A major diagnosis can place enormous pressure on relationships with loved ones, friends, family and co-workers. What can help? #patientchat

Empowered Patient Chats (#patientchat) are held every other Friday at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern and during the chat patients and advocates come to learn from each other and discuss topics of interest to empowered patients.

Click HERE to learn more about the Empowered #patientchat Series plus read tips on how to participate.

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