Patient Stories

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Patient Story

‘He just wins over hearts’

Resilient and fun-loving, Kingston battles spinal muscular atrophy with help from physical therapy and a breakthrough medication.

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‘A tremendous relief’

A discovery of an abdominal aortic aneurysm leads an 81-year-old woman to an innovative, minimally invasive treatment.

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‘They are a godsend’

A new on-demand nursing service in West Michigan sends an RN to your home within an hour.

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Wings of thanks

Cancer survivor creates birdhouses for other patients to enjoy.

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‘I thank God every day’

Quick removal of a blood clot led to Linda Raterink's near-total recovery from a stroke in a vital part of her brain.

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‘Divining moments’

Cindy Burt is battling aggressive brain cancer. With a keyboard at her side and a song in her heart, she's beating the odds.

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‘The love for horses’

When a hospice nurse invites 84-year-old Lloyd Robinson to her farm, memories of his childhood and rodeo days spill forth.

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‘I love me’

Bariatric surgery set Tonya Woods on the right path. A personal trainer, a high-tech gym and an indomitable attitude helped her stick to that path.

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‘She’s perfect’

Born with a rare disorder that causes visual impairment, Luna is a 2-year-old girl who is full of surprises.

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Reining in the pain

Shanna Ruffner's hand pain cost her the ability to barrel race. But after in-office carpal tunnel release surgery, she's en route to resuming life.

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A concert of hope and healing

The Grand Rapids Symphony and Spectrum Health music therapists perform in a special event for nursing and rehabilitation residents, family and friends.

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‘Your whole life flashes before you…’

Megan Keller battled breast cancer with a child in her womb. These days, both are happy and healthy.