Vera Struck

Principal President, BluCircleZeroPlus
Ipswich, MA, United States

About Vera

Bio

I am a connector, serial entrepreneur, change agent, futurist, sustainer, artist and mother.

Languages

English

An idea worth spreading

That an average ordinary human is capable of the extraordinary more often than we think. That our special gifts can impact the world to become better stewards of each other, wildlife and the planet.

I'm passionate about

Inspiring others, energy/energy optimization, light, photovoltaics, human consciousness, expression, the planet and humanity's survival.

Talk to me about

Sustainability, Art, Inspiration, how to inspire or drive human behavior to the "Tipping Point" to save the planet, renewables, survivorship, photovoltaics, water.

My TED story

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Comments & conversations

121719
Vera Struck
Posted over 3 years ago
"WHY is the patient the most under-used resource in healthcare?? How did that happen?" (Follow-up to LIVE TED Conversation July 27)
Totally in favor of it, Dave. Back then, my insistence on engaging in the treatment of my own terminal diagnosis was considered radical by traditional oncologists and surgeons.In the first few weeks of me interviewing my future team, several turned me down, flatly insisting it was not my place as a patient to have any choice in my treatment, period. When my team was finally assembled, we had 5 weeks to save my life. As the journey and treatment progressed, I had to accompany every visit, surgery, etc. with a legal document from my attorney just to obtain MY MEDICAL RECORDS; about me and paid for by me. And thank heavens I did. On several occasions my records were either incomplete or inaccurate. I would have them corrected immediately. I ended up carrying around two 6 inch leather notebooks, full of records, test results, and data to each of my 12-15 appointments every week. I believe my insistence on my patient involvement was integral to having all the physicians and practitioners make better and more informed decisions about my treatment. And essentially, the creation of my own "survival roundtable" is why I am still here to tell the story. It would be great to have a personal medical QR code (perhaps an implant chip?) that could be easily updated. Love your rap and your Google+ personalized body data idea! Go Dave!
121719
Vera Struck
Posted over 3 years ago
"WHY is the patient the most under-used resource in healthcare?? How did that happen?" (Follow-up to LIVE TED Conversation July 27)
Your TED talk was an inspiration. Fourteen years ago I overturned an 8 week terminal cancer diagnosis by mobilizing a self-created multi-disciplinary treatment team incorporating traditional medicine, diverse spiritual communities and several alternative health treatment modalities to form my "survival roundtable". Like you, I demanded all data and medical records as I went through the journey which at that time seemed radical. I would not be here if those 105 people had not been inspired by my "roundtable" proposal to engage in the saving of one patient's life, mine. I encourage all patient's to be proactive.