Patient Stories

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Patient Story

COVID-19 inspiration: ‘Can’t wait to see you and give you a hug’

Whiteboard messages from patients provide a dose of hope and inspiration during the pandemic.

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‘Thankful to be alive’

She thought she might have COVID-19. She soon learned she'd suffered a severe heart attack.

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‘You have to move from empathy to action’

A drive-up option for cancer treatments serves patients' needs during the pandemic.

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Puppets take on the pandemic

Pediatric patients' drawings come alive with the help of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre dreamers.

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‘It is so good to have victories’

After 10 days in the ICU fighting COVID-19, Don Force grew strong enough to leave—and that called for a special celebration.

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Lessons from ‘the bubble’

The parents of a little girl born without an immune system have tips for families trying to stay safe and happy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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‘Now I can help people’

Those who have recovered from COVID-19 are donating plasma in hopes of it helping others fight the disease.

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COVID-19 window messages: ‘I miss you’

Through a window and whiteboard, patients share their love and insights with community and family members.

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Through the looking glass

The Vanden Berg family found a way around COVID-19 restrictions to share their newborn son with his siblings—holding him up to a hospital window while his sisters waved and blew kisses from the lawn below.

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‘A hometown hero’

Amway creates hand sanitizer for Spectrum Health—and donates it to help patients and health care workers.

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Pomp, despite the circumstance

Lexanne Sherrell lost her twin sister in utero. Soon thereafter, the 1-pound-5-ounce preemie forged her own path to graduate from the NICU.

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‘An amazing save’

The way Paul Niles sees it, his decision to go truck shopping set off a miraculous chain of events that saved his life.