Healthcare Services and Programs
Still Exploring: The Story of William (Bill) Croy
Bill Croy had been active his entire life. A United Methodist
pastor, he loved to dig in and get to work, whether it was at a
Lakota reservation, working on his sermon at area food
establishments, or leading the way on a family hike. So when he
started to tire more easily, he chalked it up to age. But when he
could no longer participate in a full church service, he knew
something was wrong.
The ALS diagnosis was devastating. As an active person, Bill
couldn't imagine curtailing his many interests. Thankfully, with
the help of two local and out of town clinics, and most recently
with the OhioHealth ALS Clinic when it opened, he was able to
continue interacting with the people and things he loves.
Bill has blogged about his experiences in order to provide insights
into life with a neurodegenerative disease, with simple stories of
hope, frustration, acceptance, disappointment and, yes, joy. Bill
even has his own team of family and friends, a group called
Bill's Backers, who enthusiastically take part in the
annual Walk to Defeat ALS in support of The ALS Association Central and Southern Ohio Chapter. What began as a modest $5,000
goal two years ago has resulted in over $64,000 in contributions to
the battle against ALS.
Of the ALS Clinic, Bill says not only are he and his wife
benefitting from the multi-discipline expertise they offer, but the
environment that helps ease them through the journey.
"We are pleased and relieved to have a team working with us," he
said. "This is a difficult journey and an impossible one to take
Closer to Home: The Story of Greg Sizemore
One day after Greg was diagnosed with ALS, he got on a plane and
went back to work. "It was my job," Greg said. "I didn't know what
else to do." Met at the door by the president of the company, Greg
was told to go back home and not to worry. The company would find
something for him closer to home.
Being closer to home has been a constant theme in Greg's ALS
journey. His original ALS clinic, for example, was in Cleveland, a
three-to-four hour drive each way. Then he heard about the opening
of the OhioHealth ALS Clinic and jumped at the chance to receive
care in Columbus.
"They treat us like we're part of their family," Greg said. " I
have everybody's phone number. If I needed to ask them a question,
if I needed to get advice in any way, they would be more than happy
to talk with me, or meet with me . . . whatever I wanted."
That personal connection is one of the reasons why the
OhioHealth ALS Clinic puts multiple specialists in
one place. In fact, during a typical visit, ALS patients stay in one
room and our team comes to them. After the visit, the plan of care
is coordinated with the patient's other physicians. "They are there
to coach you and teach you how to do things," he said, adding that
without the ALS Clinic, life would be more difficult. "You'd
miss out on all those checks that let you know, 'Hey, you're doing
OK, this is where you're at; this is where you were three months
ago, or a year ago.
"I wouldn't miss it."