Patient Stories

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Ava, Ollie and Caramel Willy

With a cat and a new puppy awaiting her return home, a West Michigan girl ventures across the state for a precision cancer treatment.

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‘It was like a dream’

The Gashi family, of Michigan, traveled far in their quest for answers to their daughter’s mysterious illness. They found success right here at home.

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‘Incredibly important’

With the COVID-19 vaccine approved for ages 6 months and older, a Michigan mom is finally able to get her young children vaccinated.

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‘I wanted to live’

After surviving some of the worst injuries trauma doctors have ever seen, Kim DeWind intends to "live life a little fuller."

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‘I do everything now’

After doctors installed a small device in his spine, Don Ferris is enjoying a life without back pain—for the first time in years.

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‘I can take on the world now’

Gender-affirming surgery gives Jameson 'Jay' Dunn renewed confidence as he sets out for a bright, new future.

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‘We’re here for you’

United in their battle against breast cancer, two Reed City friends are sharing their stories with others to offer hope and inspiration.

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On the air with Alzheimer’s

Ginger Sisson, 80, and her son team up for a candid podcast about life with this neurodegenerative disease.

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‘Be optimistic about the outcome’

Anne Stoll faced a worrying diagnosis of ovarian cancer—but she persevered with her health team. 'I faced my worst fears and overcame them,' she says.

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‘They are both little miracles’

With a loving family and guidance from doctors, a pair of young siblings with spinal muscular atrophy are thriving.

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‘Are the girls OK?’

A West Michigan mom credits a car seat safety program for helping her young daughters remain unharmed in a head-on crash.

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‘Daddy’s still here’

Children of adult patients in the hospital receive emotional support through a new Child and Family Life program.