Here at Mast Cell Action, we are committed to empowering people living with MCAS or suspected MCAS and those caring for people with MCAS or suspected MCAS through self-advocacy.

We understand the challenges and complexities that accompany living with MCAS, and we hope to provide resources, support, and a platform for individuals to advocate for themselves effectively.

Self-advocacy is the ability to speak up for yourself, assert your needs, and actively participate in decision-making regarding your health and well-being.

For people living with MCAS, self-advocacy can be a crucial tool for navigating the complexities of managing their condition.

Key Aspects of Self-Advocacy

  • Education: Knowledge is power. Understanding MCAS, its symptoms, triggers, and treatment options is essential for effective self-advocacy. We provide as many resources and as much information as possible to empower individuals to become experts in their own health and will continue to develop further information and resources to support you in your journey.
  • Communication: Effective communication with healthcare providers, family members, employers, and educators is vital. People with MCAS often find it helpful to clearly articulate their needs and concerns to help them to receive the support and accommodations necessary for managing their condition.
  • Self-Care: Prioritising self-care is important for people with MCAS. This might include maintaining a healthy lifestyle, managing stress, getting adequate rest, and adhering to treatment plans where possible. Self-advocacy involves advocating for the resources and support needed to prioritise self-care.
  • Seeking Support: No one should have to navigate MCAS alone, and you don't have to! Seeking support from peers, support groups, and advocacy organisations can provide invaluable emotional support, practical advice, and a sense of community. Mast Cell Action serves as a hub for individuals to connect with others facing similar challenges.
+ Read more


How to Be Heard

Being heard and taken seriously by healthcare providers, educators, and others is essential for effectively managing MCAS and accessing the support you need. Here are some strategies to help you advocate for yourself and make your voice heard:

Prepare for Appointments: Before meeting with healthcare providers, educators, or other relevant individuals, prepare a list of questions, concerns, and goals. You can use our ready-made Doctor Visit Preparation form to help. Bring along your symptom journal and any relevant medical records or test results. Being organised and informed shows that you are serious about managing your condition and can help facilitate productive discussions. It can also help you to prioritise your appointment time in order to get the most from it.

Speak Up: Don't be afraid to speak up and share your needs and preferences. Clearly communicate your symptoms, treatment experiences, and any challenges you're facing. Be concise, specific, and confident in expressing yourself.

Ask for Clarification: If you don't understand something a healthcare provider or educator says, don't hesitate to ask for clarification. It's important to fully understand your condition, treatment options, and any accommodations or support being offered. 

Seek Advocacy Support: If you feel you're not being heard or are having difficulty accessing the support you need, don't hesitate to seek advocacy support from trusted people, such as your friends and family, counsellors or independent organisations. They can help you navigate challenging situations, communicate effectively with relevant parties, and advocate for your rights and needs. You can find out more about advocacy support here. 

+ Read more


Arm Yourself with Knowledge

People with MCAS often find themselves navigating a complex healthcare landscape while also managing school, work, social activities, and everyday life. Empowering yourself with knowledge is the first step towards effectively managing your condition and advocating for your needs.

Research and Learn: Learn about MCAS. Understand the biology behind the condition, common symptoms, triggers, and available treatment options. Reliable sources such as medical journals, reputable websites, and educational materials provided by organisations like ours can help you build a solid understanding.

Keep a Symptom Journal: Start a symptom journal to track your experiences. Note down any symptoms you experience, potential triggers, and the effectiveness of different treatments or lifestyle changes. This information can be invaluable when discussing your condition with healthcare providers and developing personalised management strategies.

Stay Informed about Your Rights: Educate yourself about your rights as someone living with a chronic health condition. Familiarise yourself with laws and regulations related to education, accommodations, and access to healthcare services. Knowing your rights empowers you to advocate effectively for the support and accommodations you need at school or work and in other settings.

Connect with Peers: Reach out to others who are living with MCAS. Connecting with peers who understand what you're going through can provide invaluable support, practical advice, and a sense of belonging. Our online forums, social media groups, and local support groups are great places to find like-minded individuals and share experiences.

+ Read more


You are not alone

Self-advocacy is not just about speaking up—it's about reclaiming control, asserting your rights, and advocating for the support and resources you deserve. At Mast Cell Action, we stand alongside everyone with MCAS on their journey toward empowerment and self-advocacy. 

By arming yourself with knowledge, you can learn how to effectively advocate for yourself - despite the challenges posed by MCAS. Remember, your voice matters, and you have the right to be heard and supported.

Together, we can amplify our voices, drive positive change, and create a world where people living with MCAS can thrive.

Become a friend

Sign up to become a Friend of Mast Cell Action so we can keep you up to date on our progress and on how to get involved in our latest campaigns and initiatives. 

Become a friend


Mast Cell Action relies entirely on the generosity of people like you. Please make a donation now and together we can make a difference to those affected by MCAS.

Make a donation