Meet A Volunteer - Veronica
“NCR saved my life!”
Those are Veronica emphatic words when asked why she considered participating in clinical drug trials with National Clinical Research. She speaks of how two of her brothers died in their early 40’s due to heart disease, so as a precaution, she went to her primary care physician for a checkup.
“My cholesterol was 410,” she says, noting that normal values are 200 or less. But the lack of action by her doctor to remedy the situation was frustrating and with her family history, dangerous. In a fortuitous coincidence, that very evening she saw an ad in the Richmond newspaper announcing a cholesterol study at National Clinical Research. She enrolled in the study soon after.
That was over ten years ago. Today, the 64-year-old retired supervisor of library/media programs for Chesterfield County schools has remained a participant in cholesterol trials and enjoys healthy cholesterol levels. And she appreciates the education she has received at NCR, expressing the importance of communication, which is often lacking in standard medical practices.
“I felt like I wasn’t getting the proper answers from other medical professionals. The NCR staff and physicians have taught me to talk to medical people. Patients should be their own advocates.” Veronica adds that she receives “remarkable” health care at NCR, citing the thorough physical exams, lab work and EKGs that are provided during each clinical study. And with the help of NCR’s on-site registered dietician, Veronica eats a healthier diet, another factor in controlling cholesterol levels as well as weight gain.
Would she recommend clinical drug trials to others? “In a second,” she replies with an affable smile. “And I have.”
She describes the NCR staff as cordial, receiving and happy. “It’s obvious these people like what they do.” Not just like it – we love it. Helping people control and improve their health problems through excellent care is an honor. And providing pharmaceutical companies with the data to develop new drugs to treat and cure illness and disease is a bonus.
Veronica hit the nail on the head: What’s not to like?