About Trisha Torrey
Author of You Bet Your Life!
Trisha Torrey was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive
lymphoma in 2004, she was a mild-mannered marketing
consultant who knew almost nothing about healthcare. She
was naïve to the dysfunction of the American
healthcare system that was tasked with treating her.
Initially Trisha made every mistake a patient could
make. But she got smart, fast. She learned that the
possibility of excellent care was too easily and
frequently eclipsed by miscommunication and mistakes.
She also learned that if she didn’t stick up for
herself, and insist on the help she needed, she would
not get it.
Once Trisha put that cancer odyssey behind her, she
decided it was up to her to sound the warning bells
about the dysfunction and apply her skills to teaching
others how to navigate the dangerous landscape of
American healthcare. She sold her marketing company in
2006 to devote herself full time to the cause.
Today Trisha calls herself “Every Patient’s Advocate.”
She writes a
newspaper column, hosts a weekly
health-related talk radio show, guides the
Web site for Patient Empowerment, and
speaks to groups of patients and professionals. She
quoted by CNN, the Wall Street Journal, U.S.
News and World Report, NPR, Angie’s List Magazine,
Bottom Line Publications, and others.
She lives in Central New York State with her husband,
Butch, and her mini-mutt, Crosby. When she’s not doing
her patient empowerment thing, she enjoys playing golf,
gardening, and working in stained glass.
Every Patient's Advocate