Who’s Trisha?

Trisha Torrey is Every Patient’s Advocate, a mission she began after a misdiagnosis of cancer in the summer of 2004. Told she had a rare and aggressive lymphoma and had only months to live without chemo, she instead used her wits and chutzpah to prove the two confirming pathology reviews of her biopsy were — wrong.

What she learned is that –despite best intentions — American healthcare is not about health or care. It’s about sickness and money. Almost 100,000 people die each year because of medical errors and misdiagnosis. Millions more suffer at the hands of the system through mistakes of diagnosis or treatment. Trisha had become a statistic.

Of course, had she actually suffered through chemo and survived it, she would have been declared cured of an incurable disease.

Today she reaches out in a variety of ways to help all participants in healthcare better understand the others’ points of view.  While her work is targeted to patients, she finds many professionals read and listen to what she has to say as well. In response to suggestions from doctors and nurses, she started the More Than Grand Rounds blog.

You can read Trisha’s newspaper columns, or her patient empowerment site at About.com, you can hear her host HealthLink on Air on the radio, or you can attend one of her talks or presentations as she speaks at events across the US.

She has been interviewed and quoted by CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Angie’s List Magazine, CreditCards.com, Bottom Line Secrets and many more. CNN’s Empowered Patient named her a Hero of Patient Empowerment in 2008.

Read Trisha’s full-blown misdiagnosis story here.

Trisha’s first book, You Bet Your Life: The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes will be published in late 2009.

Reach Trisha at: blog (at) epadvocate.com

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Websites and Blogs:
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Trisha is the Patient Empowerment expert at About.com
Every Patient’s Advocate website www.EveryPatientsAdvocate.com
Columns, speaking engagements and more
DiagKNOWsis www.diagKNOWsis.org
Tools to help patients research their diagnoses
AdvoConnection www.AdvoConnection.com
Patients can find advocates to help them navigate the medical care maze
Every Patient’s Advocate Blog
www.TrishaTorrey.com
Helping patients help themselves.
PatientAssistance.com www.PatientAssistance.com
Providing access to pharmaceutical drugs for people with no health insurance.
All Experts from About.com www.AllExperts.com
Find help with internet medical research
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AdvoConnection Blog AdvoConnection.wordpress.com
Keep up with development, launch and use of the AdvoConnection website
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Print (Newspaper) Columns:
Syracuse Post Standard www.Syracuse.com
Trisha’s columns appear here bi-weekly
Knoxville News Sentinel: WELL http://www.wellknoxville.com
Trisha’s columns appear here
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On the Air:
HealthLink on Air www.HealthLinkonAir.org
Trisha’s weekly radio show, includes podcasts from this location
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Social Networking:
Linked In Linked In Profile Page
Twitter Follow Me on Twitter

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