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Did My Wife Die From Cancer Because of Fate, Destiny or Necessity?
10/16/2021
Did My Wife Die From Cancer Because of Fate, Destiny or Necessity?

Did My Wife Die From Cancer Because of Fate, Destiny or Necessity?

A man who lost his wife due to cancer explains how it changed the trajectory of his family’s lives. He writes, “The question will still weigh on me at times, often in a religious or philosophical sense – was this the plan all along?”

10/14/2021
There’s a World of Differences Behind Each Cancer Survivor
10/13/2021
There’s a World of Differences Behind Each Cancer Survivor

There’s a World of Differences Behind Each Cancer Survivor

Every cancer survivor has a different story and experience, and they should not always be looped into the same category. “Like fingerprints, we all have different characteristics and are individually unique,” writes a survivor.

An Oncologist Who Understands Surviving the Other Side of Cancer
10/12/2021
An Oncologist Who Understands Surviving the Other Side of Cancer

An Oncologist Who Understands Surviving the Other Side of Cancer

Dr. Curtis Mack can relate to his patients on a level other radiation oncologists might not be able to because he has received a diagnosis, gone through treatment and survived cancer himself.

A Cancer Fighter's Reminder That the Universe Isn't All Bad
10/08/2021
A Cancer Fighter's Reminder That the Universe Isn't All Bad

A Cancer Fighter's Reminder That the Universe Isn't All Bad

Experiencing the trauma of cancer can make you feel like the universe is working against you. One cancer survivor explains the series of events that changed his outlook.

Cancer Survivors Are All on a Journey
10/06/2021
Cancer Survivors Are All on a Journey

Cancer Survivors Are All on a Journey

A cancer survivor explains why each person experiences cancer differently – from side effects to treatments and more.

How to Live With Lynch Syndrome: There Is Hope
10/02/2021
How to Live With Lynch Syndrome: There Is Hope

How to Live With Lynch Syndrome: There Is Hope

A woman explains how her Lynch syndrome diagnosis altered the way she lives her life, and shares advice for others on how to shift their priorities while maintaining positivity and hope.

The Triggering Effect of Cancer Scans
09/29/2021
The Triggering Effect of Cancer Scans

The Triggering Effect of Cancer Scans

The process of scheduling and receiving scans to monitor your disease can be emotionally triggering and traumatic as a patient with cancer, one woman explains.

6 Causes of AFib
09/04/2021
6 Causes of AFib

6 Causes of AFib

Research side effects ibrutinib atrial fibrillation

09/03/2021
Read 10 Inspirational Quotes For Caregivers
08/29/2021
Read 10 Inspirational Quotes For Caregivers

Read 10 Inspirational Quotes For Caregivers

Having a rough day? These inspiring caregiver quotes will help you through it! Check out our favorite inspirational quotes and words of wisdom from fellow caregivers.

Home
08/24/2021
Home

Home

Eunice's Circle of Friends. Support group for those who have lost a loved one. Bereavement counseling. Hosted by Care Advantage, Inc.

Navigating the Unknown of Rare Cancers
08/13/2021
Navigating the Unknown of Rare Cancers

Navigating the Unknown of Rare Cancers

Despite the challenges of diagnosing and treating liposarcoma and chondrosarcoma, experts are optimistic about future treatments for these two rare cancers.

Alzheimer's Support Team
07/04/2021
Alzheimer's Support Team

Alzheimer's Support Team

myALZteam is a free social network that makes it easy to find others like you and gain insights from others living with Alzheimer's.

How We Handle the Pain of AS
04/03/2021
How We Handle the Pain of AS

How We Handle the Pain of AS

In addition to learning how to live life as an adult, people with AS also have to learn to deal with the physical pain the condition can bring. Here’s how two people figure out life with that pain.

What Are The Stages Of Ankylosing Spondylitis?
04/03/2021
What Are The Stages Of Ankylosing Spondylitis?

What Are The Stages Of Ankylosing Spondylitis?

The stages of AS progress differently for all people. It typically begins in teens or young adults and causes back pain and other symptoms.

Understanding Survivor’s Guilt
03/24/2021
Understanding Survivor’s Guilt

Understanding Survivor’s Guilt

Why do some survive cancer, while others don’t? And why do those who survive often feel the aches of survivor’s guilt? Here, a survivor shares how she learned to cope.

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Reasons You Need a Health Care Advocate/Navigator Health care, both in hospital and outpatient, is becoming more and more complex and chaotic by the day. As health care entities become more pressured to produce profit, quality can be compromised as clients are pushed faster and faster through the system. Nurses and social workers are uniquely skilled in navigation and advocacy for patients, particularly those with long time experience. These professionals often possess an “insider” knowledge that few have within the system. Insider knowledge speeds up processes, reduces frustration and smooths the pathway as you try to obtain the care you need. Navigator/Advocates can do the following for you on your health care journey: 1. Give you a broad overview of your disease and how it might progress thus helping you anticipate what resources you will need. This is called “anticipatory guidance”. 2. Visit you in your home to assess your health and develop a written plan to address any issues that would impact your health including physical, psychological, social, emotional, financial and spiritual needs. 3. Locate and put in place resources to address your health care needs as assessed above, saving you time in locating those resources when you are already ill and stressed. Examples would be helping you find food services, in-home help, legal service, medication management, and paperwork management to name a few. 4. Monitor your progress and communicate with you so that you know how you are progressing. 5. Immediately available to answer questions and address your concerns as opposed to waiting for return calls from your busy health care practice. 6. Implement a plan to visit you, call you and communicate with your family if you desire. 7. Visit you in any facility to which you may be admitted to assure you are receiving the care you need and helping you communicate with your care providers and your family. 8. Assist you in communicating with your physician both in the health care facility and at physician appointments 9. Assist children/guardian’s living away from their senior family members to assure quality health care in the local area where the senior lives. Have you had concerns about navigating your health care journey? If so, please call Ask Nurse Debbie at 804-205-3268.
How Navigation and Advocacy Can Help Caregivers If you have ever been a caregiver or are one currently, you know the stress it creates and the toll it takes. It impacts you at every level from your general health, to your mental health, to your finances and your spiritual health as well. Long-term caregiving takes a particularly heavy toll with research revealing that long-term caregiving can take up to 10 years off the life of the caregiver. Navigators and advocates are the perfect solution to help unburden caregivers, especially those in long-term scenarios. Navigator advocates can provide many services including the following: 1. Psychological/emotional support (short-term) as they need to tell their story to someone and need to talk about the stresses they have and the toll that is taken in caring for their loved one. 2. Putting psychological/emotional resources in place for the long term to support the caregiver 3. Case assessment in the home or hospital to determine client/caregiver needs. 4. Development of a plan to put strategies in place that help the caregiver cope from day to day 5. Seeking resources that might assist the caregiver and getting those implemented in the home 6. Weekly visits and phone calls to support the client/caregivers 7. Finding resources for respite care that may assist the caregiver. 8. Location of assisted living, or long term care solutions. If you are in a situation where the stress and burdens are getting difficult to navigate, then Call Nurse Debbie and let us navigate/advocate for you. Call 804-205-3268
Reasons You Need an Advocate/Navigator for Health Care Health care, both in hospital and outpatient, is becoming more and more complex and chaotic by the day. As health care entities become more pressured to produce profit, quality often falls behind as clients are pushed faster and faster through the system. Nurses and social workers are uniquely skilled in navigation and advocacy for patients, particularly those with long time experience. These professionals often possess an “insider” knowledge that few have within the system. Insider knowledge speeds up processes, and smooths things out as you try to obtain the care you need. Navigator/Advocates can do the following for you on your health care journey: 1. Give you a broad overview of your disease and how it might progress thus helping you anticipate what resources you will need. This is called “anticipatory guidance”. 2. Visit you in your home to assess your health and develop a written plan to address any issues that would impact your health including physical, psychological, social, emotional, financial and spiritual issues. 3. Locate and put in place resources to address your health care needs as assessed above, saving you time in locating those resources when you are already ill and stressed. Examples would be helping you find food services, in-home help, and legal services to name a few. 4. Monitor your progress and communicate with you so that you know how you are progressing. 5. Immediately available to answer questions and address your concerns 6. Implement a plan to visit you weekly, call you twice per week and communicate with your family if you desire. 7. Visit you in any facility to which you may be admitted to assure you are receiving the care you need and helping you communicate with your care providers and your family. 8. Assist you in communicating with your physician both in the health care facility and at physician appointments If you find yourself or a family member lost on your health care journey, then call Ask Nurse Debbie at 804-205-3268.
Ask Nurse Debbie Successfully Navigates First Client! When our client found herself being suddenly discharged after being hospitalized for a serious respiratory condition, she believed she was in a scary place. With a daughter in another state and another one with a chronic health care condition neither of whom were able to immediately advocate for their Mother, our client felt alone and unsure of what to do. The client knew Debbie Johnson, owner of Ask Nurse Debbie, so she called. Debbie was able to immediately step in and assist with obtaining nursing services to set up a medication management plan for the client. In, addition our expert social worker, Tiffany Lester made a home visit to assess the situation and put a plan in place in case the client needed additional supports. Once the plan was in place the client decided she was able move forward alone but notes on Facebook she will call the Ask Nurse Debbie team again to navigate her health care. Have you found yourself in a similar situation? Are you alone in navigating your own health care? If you are answering “yes” then call Ask Nurse Debbie at 804-205-3268. Don’t go it alone!
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