Learn to Self-Advocate
Advocacy is a simple concept that most people are more familiar with than they might initially believe. All humans have rights, personal values and beliefs that shape their actions. Advocacy refers to actions motivated by our values, our beliefs, and the understanding of our rights.
Simply said, advocacy is an assertion of ourselves and what we believe in, with the goal of improving our lives and/or the lives or others.
When we see advocacy in action, it often takes one of the following three forms:
1. advocating for yourself,
2. advocating for others,
3. advocating for systemic change to governments and institutions whose actions impact people living with myeloma.
Everyone has rights that need to be respected and a voice that deserves to be heard. In our society, advocacy is essential in ensuring that your voice is not muted and that your rights are not dismissed.