When you were younger, other people made decisions for you about your health and your life in general. As you start to think more for yourself and become independent, we have some tips to help you on your journey.
Learning more about your condition, making appointments on your own, seeing your health care team on your own, and starting to make decisions for yourself are all part of good preparation.
This is also a good time to start building your support networks like your friends, family, health professionals and community. Staying connected with people you trust can keep you safe and feeling good about yourself.
STAYING ON TOP OF IT
As you become more independent you will be expected to do more things on your own and this can sometimes feel a bit much. You’re not alone. Other young people have felt the same way when leaving the children’s hospital. It’s ok if you need help, in fact, it is a strength to recognise when you need help and how to get it.
This animation tells the story of Wally as he tries to balance partying with taking care of his health and calling on his friends to get to his appointment.
TIPS FOR MAKING APPOINTMENTS
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when booking an appointment to see your health professional:
- Make sure you clearly state the name of the doctor you want to see. You don’t want to end up with an appointment with the wrong doctor!
- Keep your calendar in front of you so that you can see what dates you are free for an appointment.
- If this is the first time booking an appointment, ask what documentation you need to bring to your appointment.
And that’s it! During your appointment, the clinic may book your next few appointments with you depending on your condition, which makes the process much easier.
FACTSHEETS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Young people have designed these factsheets to help you with this journey: