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The colors of pain: Is it red? Is it yellow? Is it green, blue, purple, orange, fuchsia or teal? Is your pain so colorful that other people see you wear your pain? Do you walk through an infrared machine and light up with colors intensely bright that people know where not to touch you?, how to be sensitive to your pain?, and which color tells them to be sensitive to your emotional needs when you can’t speak? Is there a color to explain the unseen pain that you don’t have strength to share for the five hundredth time, except to say sorry … I can’t extend my hand. It hurts and turns red when I shake hands, and recovery feels very blue for me. I don’t know where I’m going with this because I don’t feel green inside in response to the things you can do that I cannot; but I’d rather have my work-arounds, and learn how to do what I can do, not knowing if today will be cloudy and gray or look promising like the way vivid fuschia brightens me up. Maybe I can even turn in the direction of an intense, calming teal, giving me a sense of peace like the flowing ocean. If I look for both the colorful teal of the Fiji water and yellow of bright yellow like the glowing sun, my result is feeling healthy and upward / forward bound, sensing colorful movement, taking me somewhere, and no longer sitting in a stagnant mire with a blank slate.
I have worked with Rebecca Provinse for over a year and a half as her son’s caregiver. Throughout this time, she has taught me so much. Rebecca has been an advocate for her son and even advocates for me as well. When I first started working for her, and today on occasion, she will speak up on behalf of her son if she thinks there is a better way to complete a task involving him.
Not only is she an excellent advocate and mother for her son, but she regularly advocates for me as well. She ensures that I use proper body mechanics when lifting him, teaches me stretches and exercises to maintain my body both on a personal basis, and to avoid incorrect lifting while assisting as a caregiver, and her advocating skills extend to always showing concern about my overall health and well-being. It’s definitely not very common to have a boss who cares this much for my overall well-being and who advocates for me on a daily basis. As a result, I am very lucky to be working in this role.
Mandy Wagner, 2nd Year Nursing Student, Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri.
An Opportunity for Advocating Through a Clearer Vision
Sometimes opportunity is right there – staring us in the face – ready to burst out on the scene. Just like a package I can’t see on my pantry shelf which is right in front of my eyes …. surprisingly, opportunity does not often makes its appearance until two rivers conjoin and our vision is made clearer … Readying itself to accept new possibilities and pitfalls, forging on ahead to new mountains and streams. Author: Rebecca Provinse
You may find yourself advocating for a new opportunity due to needing a change in your life status, your health or your child’s learning situation. Keep seeking appropriate guidance, wisdom, knowledge, alternative healthcare and education methods and modalities, and your vision will be made clearer as new opportunities open up. [Read more…]
I’ve known Rebecca all my life – she’s my “little sister”. However, it is her work as an advocate that I wish to recommend. She is a fighter – a dedicated, determined, persistent, thorough advocate. Her power in that role comes from her calm sense of the rightness of her particular cause and belief that others will come around to her point of view with enough reason, sugar, and force. I’ve observed Rebecca most directly as she has fought various systems (medical, educational, remedial, funding, etc.) to get the services that her son needs to make him as fully capable, as he is possible of being. It is incredible to watch her arm wrestle the doctors and hospitals into doing what is right, to wring money out of insurance companies, government agencies, and third party grantors, and to procure access to activities beyond measure. When Rebecca has taken on the case of other people, it is that same tenacity that comes to play. It happened when she took on the hospitals, nursing home, doctors, and her own family in relationship to her mother’s health care, and it has happened for others. Her skills of advocacy honed by working on behalf of her own disabled son are talents that others will want used for themselves and those they love. Rebecca has taken a struggle and crafted a skill set around it. It is a remarkable thing to see at work!
Let Advocating For You be your advocate at work in your family’s life, or for you, as an individual needing support or as a health coach, or as an advocate for your child’s disabilities in school, whether related to intellectual disabilities or physical disabilities, or learning disabilities, and be reassured of a dedicated, determined, persistent, thorough advocate working for you in your life.
“Rebecca has the personal experience and innate ability to advocate for alternative applications. I’ve seen this specifically with loved ones pertaining to their healthcare. At a time when a loved one has been diagnosed with a life altering illness, she remains calm and automatically looks for a solution to ease their suffering and to potentially allow them to thrive. She is compassionate, very bright and has a gift for reading medical reports and knows the right questions to ask healthcare providers. Because she knows the right questions to ask, it sheds light on possibilities that the healthcare provider may not have thought of. She definitely has a gift to share with anyone that may not be able to find their voice during a difficult time in their life”
“Wisdom begins in wonder.” -Socrates
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. –Mother Teresa
“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” – Alan Cohen