Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Journalism



First Advisor

Joseph B. Atkins

Second Advisor

Vanessa Gregory

Third Advisor

Debora H. Wenger

Relational Format



This work outlines my personal experience with a diagnosis of stage three endometriosis and partial oophorectomy surgery along with the subsequent medical opinions I received by my primary OB/GYN and other doctors. This thesis seeks to discuss the issues surrounding patient empowerment, and specifically, laws that support patients in their exploration of the truths behind their conditions and the importance of self-education in order to be better equipped in conversations with their physicians. The work includes testimonials from women about their levels of knowledge into their own medical needs upon the time of their prescription to pharmaceutical medications, and how patients can improve their healthcare through utilizing pharmacist opinion. Readers should take away tools and best practices for securing a better patient outcome through their empowerment and education of this topic



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