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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.
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.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin.
Advocate for you, yourself, a new beginning, whether it’s starting all over again in life, starting a new way of looking at your medical situation, starting anew with assisting your loved one as caregiver, stepping out when you’re in pain, finding new hope for yourself first so you can then help your child in their painful learning situation, whether it be due to intellectual learning disabilities, physical limitations, learning delays, or other setbacks, know that you can do this, and you start anew. Though others may not understand your own disabilities, you can take the risk and begin to blossom.