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Explore Your Treatment Options It’s Your Health.

Annie Randolph lived with high blood pressure for years, but she only got the upper hand on her condition when she found good information about the so-called “silent killer” and her treatment options. Read Annie’s story here.' During more than 10 years of helping her young daughter deal with eye cancer, Julia Hallisy’s determination to understand treatment options led to an improved quality of life and ultimately less pain for her child. Read Julia’s story here. At 47, Rick Thornton was diagnosed with prostate cancer. An engineer by training, Rick weighed the angles of different options to treat his cancer. Carefully considering his choices helped Rick to conclude which treatment was right for him. Read Rick’s story here. Marti Denk considered different treatment options for breast cancer after her doctor gave her homework— to talk to other patients and do some reading. Marti says that advice led her to being perfectly fine today. Read Marti’s story here. Thirty-five years ago, Jennifer Jaff was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. It has only been in the last 8 years that her quality of life has improved. What made the difference? Making a shared treatment decision with her doctor after exploring all her options. Read Jennifer’s story here. A diabetes diagnoses was a wake-up call to self-proclaimed “couch slug” Gwen Rodenberger, who wanted to find out the best ways she could improve her life. Read Gwen’s story here. After getting diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Steve Thurner delayed learning anything more about his disease or treatment alternatives. But his life improved when he finally took the time to educate himself and compare his options. Read Steve’s story here.

Your quality of life depends on knowing your options

Just one food item on the menu? Only one dress in the store? You expect to have options everywhere else in life. Why not your health care?

You might not think to ask why your doctor recommends a certain treatment or if other options are available. But every patient is different. When it comes to medical tests and treatments, you deserve to know your options.

Whether you just got sick or you’ve been receiving care for a long time, ask your doctor about treatment options. The answers you get may help improve your health care and your quality of life.

This site has tips to help you talk with your doctor. Because knowing your options is the best option.

Annie Randolph’s Story

Annie Randolph lived with high blood pressure for years, but she only got the upper hand on her condition when she found good information about the so-called “silent killer” and her treatment options. Read more.

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