Ruth’s Experience with Guided Patient Services

In honor of Private Professional Patient Advocate Week, we are featuring Annette Ticoras, M.D., of Guided Patient Services. Annette has shared the story of one of her patients, Ruth, who had an extremely successful experience with Guided Patient Services, located in Westerville, Ohio. To learn more about Ruth’s story, keep reading!

“In mid October of 2015, Ruth was feeling exhausted, underwater and fearful of what the future held. Her husband of 42 yrs had suffered a massive stroke months prior and was being discharged to a rehab facility. Without local family for support, Ruth had always depended on a strong support system made up of long time friends. Unfortunately, her support was dwindling as retired friends left the area for the winter. Ruth was now faced with understanding the ever changing clinical situation, processing volumes of complex information and making sound health care decisions for her beloved husband— alone. Ruth wanted support and knew right where to find it. She had heard about Guided Patient Services and the advocacy and navigation services the company provided months earlier and had tucked the resource away—just in case.

After months of advocating for her husband on her own, Ruth wanted the peace of mind and assurance that comes from having a knowledgeable, experienced healthcare guide by her side. Since joining forces, Ruth and her private health advocate, Annette, have overcome many obstacles and been faced with innumerable health care choices and decisions. Options regarding available treatments and optimal care are carefully researched, pursued, and discussed. Care appointments for Ruth’s husband are coordinated, while vital medical team meetings and communications are handled efficiently by Annette, who always keeps Ruth well-informed. With Annette’s medical knowledge and clinical experience, Ruth is now confident in the choices she makes for her husband today and for the future.

Every day, stories like Ruth’s take place in central Ohio. Patients with a new or complicated diagnosis are confused and overwhelmed, others are uncertain of how to navigate the complexity of the healthcare maze, and a growing number of seniors have no family to assist with health care issues.

Private Professional Patient Advocates and Navigators to the rescue!

A relatively new phenomenon, private patient advocates are establishing advocacy practices across the country. Written about and discussed most recently in O Magazine, NPR, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and other news organizations, these advocates are filling the void caused by so many changes and challenges in healthcare.

Among the services private professional patient advocates provide are:

  • Researching diagnosis and treatment options
  • Helping patients understand their providers’ treatment recommendations and options
  • Accompaniment to surgical and outpatient appointments
  • Hospital/ER bedside monitoring
  • Health partner for “elder orphans” (those without family or friends who want to prepare for future health care events)
  • Liaison for out-of-town family with loved ones in nursing homes
  • And many more

These private advocates are being hired by patients, parents of children with difficult medical challenges, and the adult children of older people who need assistance from someone else because they themselves must be at work all day, or because they live out-of-town.”

If you or someone you know needs the help of a patient advocate, or if you are interested in pursuing this career path, contact Annette by clicking this link and visiting her company’s website.

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In honor of Private Professional Patient Advocate Week, we are featuring Annette Ticoras, M.D., of Guided Patient Services. Annette has shared the story of one of her patients, Ruth, who had an extremely successful experience with Guided Patient Services, located in Westerville, Ohio. To learn more about Ruth’s story, keep reading! “In mid October of 2015, Ruth… Read more.

Why We Don’t ‘Battle’ Cancer

Often times we hear people say they are ‘battling cancer’ or that they are ‘fighting with cancer.’ In war, there is always a winner and a loser, and here at Cancer Support Community we believe that there is never going to be a winning or a losing side when it comes to someone’s journey with cancer.

stuartscottTake for example one of ESPN’s most beloved and talented sports anchors, Stuart Scott. If you were to ask any person if they believe he ‘lost’ to cancer the day he died, ten times out of ten the answer would be no. Stuart woke up every day with the mindset that he would never let the circumstances of his health dictate the way he lived his life. He continued going to work, boxed as often as he could and never missed the opportunity to travel and spend time with his family.

When he was presented with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYS last year, his acceptance speech really hit home for us. He said,

“I also realized something else recently, you heard me kind of allude to a little piece. I said, I’m not losing, I’m still here, I’m still fighting, I’m not losing. But I have to amend that. When you die, it does not mean you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live. So live.”

We agree with Stuart.

Cancer is not a game with a winner or a loser. You and you alone will determine how you live with cancer regardless of the outcome. Continue doing what you love and make the most of every day, but most importantly, in the words of another beloved and celebrated sports icon, Jimmy Valvano: “don’t give up, don’t ever give up.

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Often times we hear people say they are ‘battling cancer’ or that they are ‘fighting with cancer.’ In war, there is always a winner and a loser, and here at Cancer Support Community we believe that there is never going to be a winning or a losing side when it comes to someone’s journey with… Read more.

Do You Love Chocolate? We Do!

Have you ever thought about how great it would be to spend a few hours in a room filled with the most delicious chocolates you could ever dream of? Don’t worry, we have, too, which is why we created our annual gala, Night of Chocolate!

Every September we invite the community, our sponsors and local chocolatiers to Hollywood Casino for the most delicious night of the year that benefits our patients, survivors, caregivers, and loved ones here at Cancer Support Community Central Ohio. Not only is the Night of Chocolate gala an evening of magnificent chocolate, fabulous food and delightful company, it also provides our attendees a chance to leave with amazing live and silent auction items all while supporting our mission to make sure that no one faces cancer alone!

This is truly our favorite time of the year at CSC. It is a great way for us to raise awareness about all of the amazing things we do here as well as continue to raise money for all of our participants so that they can continue flourishing throughout their journey with cancer.

Through ticket sales to the event, amazing auction items and generous donations, we were able to raise 25% of our total operating budget, allowing us to continually offer “Rays of Hope” to our program’s participants.

We invite you to join us for Night of Chocolate as a guest or volunteer.

Hope to see you there!

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Have you ever thought about how great it would be to spend a few hours in a room filled with the most delicious chocolates you could ever dream of? Don’t worry, we have, too, which is why we created our annual gala, Night of Chocolate! Every September we invite the community, our sponsors and local… Read more.

Cancer Support Community’s First Ever Blog

If you know anything about the Cancer Support Community, you know that our mission is: To ensure that all people affected by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community, which is exactly what the theme of this blog will be! Our blog will keep you up-to-date about all of the daily programs offered at CSC, tips to help you through your journey with cancer, and of course, our annual fundraisers, Night of Chocolate, the Golf Classic, and Rays of Hope Campaign.

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If you know anything about the Cancer Support Community, you know that our mission is: To ensure that all people affected by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community, which is exactly what the theme of this blog will be! Our blog will keep you up-to-date about all of the… Read more.