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Angie Dresie lives in Cincinnati, OH and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in communications. She spent most of her career as a pharmaceutical representative but now owns and operates her own business. She was a 2012 contestant in the Costs of Care essay contest. Costs of Care is a Boston-based nonprofit organization that helps caregivers deflate medical bills and provide high value care—their blog illustrates the role of cost-awareness in medicine. You can follow them on Twitter at @CostsOfCare.

Being Your Own Advocate

Angie Dresie | August 2, 2013
In 2010, I had surgery to remove a 2-inch heart tumor in my left atrium, the costs for which were astronomical, but that is not what I am writing about. I am writing about what happened in the months after my surgery and a cure that cost $9.19 if you don’t count all of the unnecessary doctor visits and procedures.