In this episode, Rachael Moss talks with patient advocate Elisabeth Schuler about how to make the most of your visits, how to go in feeling prepared, and how to manage the logistics of a diagnosis without feeling like you’re in over your head.

Patient advocates can be a loved one, or a hired professional who helps sort through a diagnosis, looks into treatment options, points toward resources, spends time talking with healthcare companies, and is available for the questions that brief doctor’s visits may not answer.