Trisha Torrey is known as "Every Patients Advocate." She is the author of two books, is a newspaper columnist, About.com's expert in patient empowerment, and a national speaker focusing on communications and safety issues, helping providers, patients, and payers improve their outcomes and experiences with other participants in the healthcare system.
Why does Trisha do this work? In 2004, after a small tumor was removed from her torso, she 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 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 sought after as a writer and speaker. 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.
Her 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:
Patients.About.com (About.com is owned by The New York Times)