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- My geographical area of practice is AR, CA, & select areas Nationwide
In November 2019, I obtained my national credential as a Board Certified Patient Advocate, but really began advocacy some 30 years ago, when my six month old infant son was diagnosed with a terminal illness (before the internet!) at Children’s Hospital in Orange County, California.
Not too many years after that, I had ambitions to become a nurse and became a CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant). After that, I enrolled in pre-Nursing courses at the local community college, while on the waiting list to be accepted to the RN program. Life took another turn and I decided to pursue other ventures at the time, but I’ve always maintained my passions for life-long learning and helping people.
Fast forward to 2005 when my 47-year-old husband was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer, I again engaged in advocacy, this time for him, which took us to 3 hospitals over several hundred miles in the state. Sadly, he lost his 18-month battle, leaving me a widow at age 47. Grieving the loss of my husband was made more difficult when issues with extended family and displaced grief caused our blended family to fracture apart. In 2008 I enrolled in the Cleveland State University Patient Advocate Certificate program.
I completed the coursework in 2010, after undergoing two serious medical situations myself, and co-managing my Mom’s long distance care for chronic illness, and subsequent death in 2009. Followed by a similar situation for my Dad in 2011. I'm a proud wife of a mixed race, Army Combat Medic Veteran, amputee. My journey has included both professional and paraprofessional healthcare advocacy, over the last 15 years.