Caregiving with Confidence: Tips and Tools for Effective Advocacy
Updated: May 11
Caregiving with Confidence: Tips and Tools for Effective Advocacy with Erin Gaylean, Author of Badass Advocate: Becoming the Champion Your Loved One Deserves
When a loved one is seriously ill, we can feel powerless. We want them to be well-cared for, but we are not always sure of the questions we should be asking or the decisions we should be making.
My guest today is Erin Gaylean, a published author and professional speaker. Erin is the author of the book 'Badass Advocate: Becoming the Champion Your Loved One Deserves.' This book is full of information and provides action items to teach family caregivers how to lead the charge when dealing with a loved one's health crisis. Being an advocate for a loved one can be challenging, but it's an important role and we are not alone.
Erin and I talk about what it means to be a badass advocate. Erin shares her heartbreaking life events and the lessons that she learned that can make a difference in the lives of others. Erin shares strategies so that we can be powerful advocates, how families can come together when a loved one gets sick, how we can get the answers we truly need from healthcare professionals, how caregiving can be draining, and how we can put tools and resources together to avoid burnout. We also discuss techniques that can be used to help us caregivers practice self-care while caring for a loved one.
With Erin's book, journal, and website, she continues to share and educate families to feel empowered so that we can effectively advocate and care for our loved ones. Thank you, Erin, for sharing your story with us and empowering us to be "badass advocates"!
Listen to our episode HERE.
Erin shares about:
Erin's story and inspiration behind the book: Badass Advocate: Becoming the Champion Your Loved One Deserves
Strategies for caregivers
How families can work together when a family member gets sick and how we can build a support system
Communication with healthcare professionals: How we can get the answers we truly need from healthcare professionals
Discovering how to use our voices and ask the right questions for optimal care
How to avoid caregiver burnout and what tools and tips to put in place to support our health
Balancing self-care and patient care: What techniques we can implement to help caregivers balance self-care with patient care
Learn more at www.badassadvocate.com
About Erin Galyean
Erin Galyean is a published author and professional speaker. In 2020, Erin published her first book Badass Advocate: Becoming the Champion Your Loved One Deserves. Badass Advocate, an information-packed and action-oriented book, teaches family caregivers how to lead the charge when dealing with a loved one’s health crisis. After losing her father, Mike, to Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Erin was determined to be an unstoppable advocate for her sister, Meghan who was also diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and a rare lung disease. With over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Erin was able to use her professional knowledge to ensure her sister received the best care.
Today, Erin shares her heartbreaking life events and the lessons she learned so others can make a difference in their loved one’s healthcare experience. Her book, Badass Advocate includes 8 actionable strategies that are both effective and simple to follow. Erin also published a set of journals to help caregivers better balance self-care with patient care. Through her book, journals, and website (www.badassadvocate.com), Erin shares an abundance of valuable information that will teach families how to effectively navigate the challenges they face.
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