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Healthcare Advocates can be Lifesavers
Date:3/24/2009

PHILADELPHIA, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Early this year Oprah Winfrey began her "Live Your Best Life" series with 10 tips to live healthier. Number six was to find a health advocate.

What's a health advocate? Christina French Miller of Phoenixville and David Kozlow of Philadelphia know, and both said that without one, they might not be alive today. Philadelphia Police Officer Anthony Livingston agrees, saying a health advocate has given him new hope after he had just about given up.

Winfrey described a health advocate as someone who really understands the often-complicated healthcare process.

"I'd call my health advocate a guardian angel," says Livingston while explaining that after almost three years of various and sometimes contradictory diagnoses, medications and confused looks from doctors, a colleague with Law Enforcement Health Benefits recommended Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates (www.guardiannurses.com) and its founder Betty Long.

A registered nurse, Long established Guardian Nurses in 2003 after helping family members navigate the health care system. "I became the 'go to' person for relatives who were at their wits end trying to figure out how to manage the system while enduring life-threatening diseases."

Livingston says he was experiencing uncomfortable itching on his foot that ultimately affected every move he made from walking his beat to trying to sleep. "Doctors and specialists tried all kinds of things but none of it helped," he says. "My insurance coverage was dropping and I had to take a leave from work."

A few months ago, a Guardian Nurse joined Livingston on a doctor visit. She recommended a bl
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