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How Having my Team at My Healthcare Home Helps Me

Posted By Brandi Hilbert, Thursday, June 2, 2011
Hello, my name is Brandi. I am a native of Grand Junction, Colorado and I enjoy crafts, writing, and working with other people. I live with 4 birds and a boyfriend. Since I was a young child I have lived with many hardships, including my parents’ bitter divorce, a family history with alcohol problems, numerous medical problems, and frequent thoughts of self-harm.

Since my high school years I have participated in treatment for these problems, such as counseling, groups, medications, and meeting with my family doctor. I have seen numerous counselors in many different settings. So many, that it is difficult to remember who I saw, where, or when. These problems have also made it so I have been to several hospitals on numerous occasions, and there was a time when I was going to the ER or admitted to the hospital weekly or monthly.

This all started to change when I finally was able to have a family doctor who paid attention to both my needs and wants. I first met Dr. Mathwig in 2008 when she was a family medicine resident at St Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. I felt that she listened to me and met me halfway. Through her help many of my hardships and my need for high-level services improved.

Over time my healthcare team has grown. It now includes a family therapist named Dr Reitz and a psychiatrist named Dr Venard. Dr Mathwig has now graduated and my current resident is Dr Carlson.

Here are the benefits of having a healthcare team:

  • Less confusion
  • More confidence in myself and the team that treats me
  • Less afraid of what any given doctor may say or do with my treatment
  • I feel more important and validated
  • It helps me take a deep breath and realize that I have a team who is dedicated to helping me continue to be a success.

My message for other people dealing with hardships is that I’ve realized that hardships are only temporary, so keep your chin up and do your deep breathing. I feel lucky that I’ve been able to assemble a good healthcare team, and therefore, I encourage you to take your time and work with your providers and to insist that everybody works together.

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Randall Reitz says...
Posted Saturday, June 25, 2011
Brandi, what a pleasant and motivational blog post you wrote. Thanks for speaking up and providing the consumer perspective on collaborative care. I hope you continue to benefit from services in an integrated primary care setting.
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