I am a professional cancer survivorship expert working at a leading lung cancer non profit. I have been a patient advocate for over 14 years.
I have the unique past experience of being both a cancer patient and a lung cancer caregiver and I represent the voice of the patient and caregiver in all that we do as a Foundation. I am the founder of the Lung Cancer Support Community, helped start the first lung cancer 5K and in-person support group and a recipient of numerous awards and articles. I sat on the board of Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education, past LiveSTRONG Leader, current member of AONN, ASCO and VMCC as well as collaborate with national organizations and healthcare providers across the country gaining valuable insight and knowledge. I contribute to articles & blogs and have been asked to speak at events with a special interest in cancer survivorship, patient support, caregiving, cancer advocacy training & the use of social media to promote good works.
I became ill in 2001 and over 4 years saw 51 specialists that could not diagnose my illness. I was handed a Medline study from Christopher Reeves' Neurologist and was told to find the surgeon that performed that study. It lead me to Pittsburgh & Dr Peter Jannetta, Godfather of Modern Neurosurgery. He saved me from becoming a quadriplegic & worse. I never imagined I would develop multiple Rare Diseases at 31 yrs old, I had to learn to live a new limited life and the only way to start was with knowledge, then with helping others when I was well enough, and I have never stopped. I am a Leader in the Rare Disease Community, a Healthcare Activist, and Lobbyist. I have been fortunate to work with 1000's of Rare Disease Patients, Health and Disease Organizations and Foundations, Healthcare Stakeholders, and learned from them all. Now I try and improve Healthcare one day and project at a time.
Brigitte is a Certified Health Coach, also certified through the International Health Coach Association, and formally educated in Corporate Wellness training. Her articles have been featured on Wellness.com, Sharecare.com, and Huffington Post lifestyle.
Brigitte is a two-time cancer survivor, yoga enthusiast, and motivational speaker.
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* Lunch and Learn Onsite Workshops
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* Stress Management Solutions
* Importance of "moving" and stretching
* Health and Safety Fairs
* Motivational Speaking
I am a nurse and respiratory therapist. My daughter has a progressive heart disease and while being her healthcare support I have found myself being an advocate for many others. I am now doing this as a career. My mission is to be able to accompany the client through their illness or wellness to a meaningful experience.
Office visit companion
Care plan review and advising
Locating specialist for needed care
Audit medical billing and/or intervention as requested
Coordinate home care to aid in keeping client grounded in their environment
Evaluating facility needs if home care is not feasible
Acquiring durable medical equipment when applicable
Private clinical practice to aid in managing transitions, stresses, and crises. Focus on providing alternative care solutions to aid in the successful diagnosis and treatment of individuals who may have experienced grief and loss. Treatment modalities include hypnotherapy, past life regression, life cycle coaching and grief mediation. Animal therapy available including both equine and canine ESAs. Key Note Speaker including Harvard and West Point and TV personality..
Contract Clinical Trial Management: Provides direction, strategic management, oversight, training and support to the team to ensure team delivers quality projects to its clients, and achieves or exceeds clinical trials project goals. Provides industry expertise and leadership to project team on multiple and complex national and international clinical trials, typically in phases Ib, IIb, IIIb, II and III. Acts as the point of escalation between the client and the project team to ensure a successful outcome..
Upon recognizing significant unmet needs and challenges in patients’ journeys throughout their cancer diagnosis, Dr. Grace Cordovano founded Enlightening Results, LLC in 2010. As the culmination of her life’s experiential learning and education, Dr. Cordovano is dedicated to fostering private, personalized patient advocacy services, specializing in the cancer arena. She strategically and empathetically guides her clients through survivorship or end-of-life care, ensuring they are armed with the most pertinent, medically credible, easy to understand information so as to make empowered decisions about their care. Grace is a firm believer in the continuous advancement and improvement of cancer patient experiences through the infusion of empathic design and thinking into current healthcare paradigms. A frequent questioner of the status quo, she leaves no stone or process unturned in her quest to improve overall patient experiences across the continuum of patient care.
I am a freelance health and science writer for hire. I help businesses get results with quality content. I create compelling content that has a proven track record of driving online engagement.
I can help you reach the right audience, create better content, raise brand awareness and make more money. I can translate complex health and science topics into plain language.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Butler University and graduated summa cum laude with a double major in biology and chemistry. I have extensive online writing experience. I have published on Yahoo! News, CNN iReport, Lifescript.com, The Huffington Post and many other publications.
I have a professional background as a Human Resources Manager and Vice President in Financial Services. Since leaving my job, I have spent the last 10 years lending my voice as a two-time cancer patient to various healthcare organizations including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, National Academy of Medicine in Washington DC, The Quality Patient Safety Committee of the Massachusetts Board of Medicine and the Global Patient Family Advisory Council of the Beryl Institute. I have an expertise in developing, leading and sustaining Patient Family Advisory Councils.
After fifteen years in the IT industry, a four-year battle with stage IV melanoma uncovered a new career path: patient advocate. I have had the opportunity to write and speak about the patient experience for late-stage cancer treatments, immunotherapies, and clinical trials. I have facilitated several seminars on melanoma, and was the Melanoma International Foundation's Patient Advocate of the Year in 2013. I am also the creator of the melanoma-centric "Patient #1" blog on www.Philly.com, as well as a regular contributor to their “Diagnosis: Cancer” page. It is written so the layperson, reading during the shock of a cancer diagnosis, can translate medical terminology in tangible terms and be able to ask informed questions. Speaking and other engagements provide an opportunity to reverse the information flow – bringing the concerns, questions, and commentary of patients to industry, regulatory, and trial stakeholders to enact meaningful and mutually beneficial change.
10 years as a cancer patient advocate who has become recognized internationally by sharing my weekly blog on my website and in syndication on the Huffington Post. I also host a daily "in the News" feature and inspirational postings which I share through social media by way of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+
I was trained to be a cancer research advocate through the Research Advocacy Network. I use various forms of social media from blogging, to Facebook, to Twitter to Instagram to share information about ovarian cancer and related research. I share my story with the disease as well as explain research to other women diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer and their caregivers.
I have run workshops on advocacy, understanding cancer research and building community in 140 characters.
As a member of ASCO, I have served on two clinical guideline panels, one on neoadjuvant chemotherapy for advanced ovarian cancer and one on antiemetics.
I'm a Chief Message Officer: a message maven who creates content strategy that tells the stories about the value you deliver in the marketplace. *My* biggest value: helping you find the funny in your B2B story, and using that humor to drive your message home.
I have a special interest in healthcare/healthcare tech, and have a big voice in the e-patient community. The World Health Organization tagged me as a patient engagement expert in 2014. If you're looking to drive better clinician/patient communication, I can help.
I am a Freelance Medical Writer and Patient/Research Advocate with clinical and research laboratory background (BS, Medical Technology; MS, Microbiology and Immunology). I have a particular interest in immunotherapy and have participated in a clinical trial investigating a dendritic cell vaccine for breast cancer (DCIS)
Patient Advocate | Writer/Storyteller
Fearless, creative, passionate leader who possesses outstanding verbal and written communication skills. Strategic thinker capable of planning for both short and long-term needs. Resourceful and persistent person who finds solutions to problems. Over 14 years of experience in a variety of industries including academia, healthcare, nonprofit, private sector, and online environments. Trusted by universities, hospitals, corporations, and charitable organizations. Organized, detail-oriented, dynamic self-starter who works well alone and with a team and who always meets deadlines.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Writing, Editing, Coaching, Consulting, Teaching, Advocacy, Public Speaking, Lobbying, Fundraising, Grant/Proposal Writing, Creative Writing, Blogging, Events, Press Releases, Newsletters, Brochures, Direct Mail, Content Creation, Podcasting, Webinars, Marketing, Research, Website Content/Management, Web Analytics, SEO, Social Media Networking/Marketing
My life changed on an operating room table. I am a cancer survivor and an expert in healthcare leadership development, culture transformation, and elevating quality in communication for hospital teams for the past 20 years. I have facilitated thousands of hours of group sessions, present keynote addresses and workshops at healthcare events across the U.S., as well as write health care culture pieces for industry publications. I also work with hospitals, to help them develop strategies to improve patient and community engagement and reach their goals to advance population health.
In 2008 I was diagnosed with inoperable stage III NSCLC. That moment began a new journey which continues to this day. My story has reached Advocacy groups, Healthcare professionals, Corporate leadership, Researchers, Government, Professional Health organizations, and Insurers to name a few.
The blueprint for many client presentations is culled from my book, ‘It’s an Extraordinary Life – Don’t Miss It’. Published in 2010, the contents are the result understanding and reflection of the important aspects of life following a life threatening diagnosis. It has since become an Amazon Best Seller.
Prior to becoming a sought after corporate speaker, I was president and CEO of a high-end marketing firm in the Greater Seattle area. Microsoft and their global Partner community our primary customer base.
With my combined business experience along with the cancer diagnosis, I bring an informed, personal, and educated approach and customize presentations to every audience I engage.
Strategic communicator with more than 7 years of experience building relationships, trust, and community online, particularly around young adult cancer advocacy. I am an experienced public speaker, giving keynotes, survivor speeches, serving on panels, and leading workshops on issues around survivorship, financial challenges, dating and sexuality, and career advancement. My audiences have ranged from medical and insurance professionals, fellow survivors, college students, and fundraising engagements.
I am a freelance journalist specializing in researching and writing about health related issues. My interest in this field began when I was diagnosed with a little known chronic blood disorder (ITP) and had to do the research to find out exactly what I had. I am also a full-time caregiver for my disabled husband and have interviewed health professionals and other caregivers to succeed at this task.
I have used my skill at searching out answers to write articles for newspapers, blogs, websites, etc on various health related topics.
Holly Bertone, CNHP, PMP, is an author, blogger, and healthy living advocate. She is the President and CEO of Pink Fortitude, LLC. Holly is a breast cancer and Hashimoto’s survivor and turned these two significant health challenges into an enterprise of healthy living. She inspires others with her quick wit and brutal honesty.