I’d like to interview approximately 50 women in 2016.
I’m researching/writing a book to help women become more active, knowledgeable and assertive participants within our current (kind of broken) healthcare system. When I was feeling my absolute worst in my 20s (and my worst was losing control of my very irritable bowels boarding a flight and again on Broadway when locked out of my office), I didn’t have any support from my doctor beyond giving my symptoms a name and offering never-ending prescriptions. I walked out of her office and cried. It didn’t feel right to me. I knew I needed to do something different, but I didn’t know what to do in that moment.
If a book filled with inspiration and advice could’ve miraculously fallen out of the sky that day, that’s the book I seek to write now. Because I know this is still happening to other women. I hear it in my private client sessions over and over again. When symptoms don’t fit a nice neat diagnosis or haven’t progressed enough to treat with prescriptions or surgery, many conventional doctors hands are tied. Even worse, I see women who make huge positive changes to their health only to have doctors minimize their results (for reasons I'm still trying to understand). Doctors are scientifically-trained experts, but sometimes seem limited by that very same training. The appointment and the relationship often break down in a myriad of painful or frustrating ways. That’s why I want to learn from your experiences.
Women, is this you?
- You have experienced symptoms of digestive, endocrine or immune system dysfunction in the past or are currently experiencing them. (Or a constellation of unknown symptoms.)
- You have already seen a conventional (not an integrative or a functional) medical doctor or nurse practitioner; but are not experiencing the reduction in symptoms that you expect.
- You are willing to answer questions about how you have operated inside and/or outside of the current healthcare system to work on feeling better.
If this totally IS you.
Would you be willing to share 20-30 minutes of your time with me via phone or Skype call? I’m stoked to chat with you about your story and your perspective. Would any of these times work for you?
Note: This isn’t some veiled marketing attempt. This call will be a safe, judgment-free and pitch-free zone. By sharing your story with me, you’re helping me:
- More fully explore and understand the issue from different perspectives, and
- Create something radically useful and hopefully transformational for another woman struggling with her health.
If you know someone who might fit the description.
Please share this post with her or connect us through email. Or let's go crazy like Prince - do both!
If you think this might be you, but aren’t totally sure.
Just drop me a quick email with your questions or why you might be a fit. We’ll figure it out together. My email is email@example.com.
With heart + smarts + guts, thank you.
And an extra special thank you to friend and creative dynamo, Angela Lussier, who gave me the conduct interviews idea at the exact moment I was starting to dodge writing a particular section of my book. My focus and tenacity made me a tad myopic in my approach.
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