Patient Stories

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Patient Story

‘A fortunate set of circumstances’

Early catch and innovative procedure help Cindy Bouma best colon cancer.

Patient Story

Life after death

Joey Hirl passed through death's door, then turned around. His doctor and family consider it nothing short of a miracle.

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Fairy Godmother and entourage treat kids

'Just seeing the reaction on the kids’ faces makes it all worthwhile.'

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Drawing from experience

Blood disorder may lead to medical illustration career for Michigan teen.

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Breathing better with every note

Harmonicas tune up patients' lungs and spirits.

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‘We didn’t think he would survive’

4-year-old Jazir Westerfield undergoes dialysis at home every night as he awaits a kidney transplant.

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Becoming Liz

How bariatric surgery, running and dieting helped a young woman lose weight and find herself.

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‘His time is not finished on this earth’

Newlywed Mark Hagbom survives 'widow-maker' thanks to seamless transition from CPR to cath lab to open heart surgery.

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Kevin takes a bite out of cancer

Cancer-fighting super heroes? See how dietitians help patients fight the good (food) fight.

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Little girl. Big heart.

Young donor gives lemonade stand money to help newborn babies.

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The surgery you’ve never heard of

Nedene Bearss shares her story about how chronic kidney disease took her by surprise, and how her 'hero' saved her hand with his expertise.

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For kids like Stella, the ‘school nurse’ makes life easier

School Health Advocacy Program gives parents peace of mind when sending their children off to school.