Experiences of a Wife's Advocate
Advocate- Someone who speaks on another personâ€™s behalf.
Every person with a disability needs a good advocate. There are several reasons for this. Sometimes people are more willing to listen to a third party. Sometimes the person with the disability is just too physically or emotionally tired to stand up for themselves. Sometimes the offending party will back down when there is more than one person they have to fight.
Proper advocating is not easy. It takes both intestinal fortitude and wisdom; fortitude to continue to stand up when the fight is not going your way and wisdom to know which battles to fight and which to let go.
I have been advocating for my wife for over ten very long years now. I can honestly say her daily life is better today because she had someone willing to stand up for her and fight her battles. My wife is a strong person, but is non-confrontational. Both are good traits to have in general life, but sometimes a meek personality does not get you where you need to be when it concerns doctors, insurance and the government.