Illness is a journey like no other. One thing I know now is that I am
not illness.

When I see pictures of myself from the past, I see sickness moving
through my body.

I can also see that the person inside remains the same.
                       
                         -Tiffany Christensen
* CF patient and two-time double lung transplant recipient  
* Author of "Sick Girl Speaks!" and "We are the Change"
* Certified Advance Care Planning Facilitator/Instructor
*
TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer
* National Speaker and Workshop Leader
* Co-
Chair of the Duke Patient Advocacy Council
Tiffany Christensen was born with cystic fibrosis and has received two life-saving double lung transplants.  Today she is a national public
speaker, the author of “Sick Girl Speaks”
and "We are the Change: Transforming the Healthcare Experience through Partnership."  
T
iffany is the Co-Chair of Duke Healthcare’s Patient Advocacy Council, and the first patient to ever be certified as a TeamSTEPPS
Master Trainer.
In 2008, Tiffany was trained to be a Respecting Choices Instructor. In 2010, Tiffany designed and implemented her own
Train the Trainer Certification for consumers and professionals entitled "Finding Your Voice in the Healthcare Maze."

Christensen uses her patient background and professional training to address a variety of key topics. Some of these include; patient
advocacy, patient safety, advance care planning, end of life issues and partnering with patients and families.


Christensen represents
Project Compassion by traveling throughout North Carolina teaching community members, healthcare students
and healthcare professionals about advocacy, advance care planning and organ/eye/tissue donation.
In addition to her work with Project
Compassion,
Christensen’s work reaches into many areas of healthcare. A few examples of her past presentations include: “Growing Up
Dying: Shifting the Pediatric Patient Paradigm” presented at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Clinical Conference, “Partnering
with Patients: A Bed’s Eye View of Patient Safety” at the 5th Annual Duke Medicine Patient Safety and Quality Conference, and “Life in
the Deathbed” at the John’s Hopkins Social Work Grand Rounds.

Christensen uses her conservatory theater training as a foundation for her fresh, interactive and dynamic approach to her various
presentations revolving around the patient perspective.  This is a rare kind of speaker; one that comes from a place of real experience
rather than theory.