Giving back after a devastating diagnosis
For Criswell, a new door opened at the end of one of the darkest hallways of his life.
Criswell is an architectural consultant and public speaker who relies on his voice for his livelihood. While on a business trip to the Far East in 2013, he was finding it difficult to speak and swallow. A doctor in Singapore advised him to see a specialist, so upon returning to the Dayton area, Criswell made an appointment with Adan Fuentes, DO, an otolaryngologist at Southwest Ohio ENT Specialists.
Dr. Fuentes suspected tongue cancer right away, and Criswell remembers being incredibly shocked at the news. He went to Grandview Medical Center for a biopsy, and there he found members of the care team to be "amazing and so empathetic to me and my family." Criswell knew he was one of many patients, but somehow felt like the care team's most important.
The experience of personal care continued throughout Criswell's radiation and chemotherapy at Kettering Medical Center. Not long after his last treatment, Criswell was asked to join the patient advisory council, and he immediately said yes. He sees it as a way to give back to the health system that helped him regain his voice.