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About susankeeter

Occasional contributor Upstate’s Susan Keeter has written about and painted Upstate’s Dr. Sarah Loguen, one of the first African American women physicians. Keeter created the horse sculpture in front of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and illustrated a children’s book on autism, “Waiting for Benjamin.” She’s written for Physician Practice, Upstate Alumni Journal, Cancer Care and Upstate Health magazines. Reach her by email at keeters@upstate.edu or by phone at 315-464-4834.

Offering job training for young adults with disabilities

“I loved wearing hospital scrubs and working with my supervisor,” explained Marquale Johnson, a Project Search student at Upstate Medical University. “Without this program, I’d be a couch potato.” Johnson’s comments get at the heart of Project Search’s purpose. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in community, disability, education, health care, health careers

A new home, a difficult diagnosis

BY SUSAN KEETER Fahima Farah was 2 when her mother, Khadra Warsame, brought her to Upstate’s emergency department for stomach pain. A CT scan of her belly showed a mass. Six years earlier, her family — who are Somali — … Continue reading

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10 days in Ghana: Upstate volunteers help build community in Africa

BY SUSAN KEETER Near the end of an 11-hour flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, we finally see Ghana out the plane’s windows: saffron-colored earth and lush green foliage dotted with bright blue and pastel pink buildings. … Continue reading

Posted in adolescents, Alzheimer's/dementia, community, health care, HealthLink on Air, international health care, nursing, prevention/preventive medicine, public health, women's health/gynecology | Tagged , , , ,

‘She’s alive today because of them’

BY SUSAN KEETER Eight-year-old Kaelynne Driscoll and her father, Christopher, were riding an inner tube on Skaneateles Lake on July 6, 2016, when a wave knocked them off the tube and under water. They were struck by a boat and injured, … Continue reading

Posted in bones/joints/orthopedics, brain/spine/neurosurgery, emergency medicine/trauma, health care, patient story, surgery, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics | 1 Comment

Talent and imagination: Teen artist spends chemotherapy time drawing original characters

BY SUSAN KEETER A new sketchbook was the perfect gift for Julia Nguyen on Sept. 13, the day she was diagnosed with primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma. Over the summer, around her 16th birthday, Nguyen developed swelling in her face and felt … Continue reading

Posted in adolescents, cancer, health care, patient story, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

A musician gives thanks: Violist’s hands were saved after life-threatening burns

BY SUSAN KEETER Classical violist George Myers was taking photographs of construction on his family’s property in Trumansburg, near Ithaca, in October 2014 when a propane tank tipped and fell on him. The 250-pound cylindrical tank pinned him in a … Continue reading

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Vegetable garden replaces smoking room

BY SUSAN KEETER Ronald Jackson remember when people congregated in the smoking room at Toomey Abbott Towers, a public-housing high-rise in Syracuse. That ended in 2015, when the Syracuse Housing Authority enacted a smoke-free policy for its nine building complexes. … Continue reading

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First chemo … then vacation, for this Upstate patient

BY SUSAN KEETER “I am so sorry you have to give me this bad news,” Margit Foti, 71,  remembers telling her urologist, Elizabeth Ferry, MD, on the day Foti learned that she had a rare bladder cancer with a poor prognosis. … Continue reading

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No bread, no dairy, no meat: Living with PKU means eating lots of vegetables, fruits

BY SUSAN KEETER Ezekiel Sanford was 2 days old when his Binghamton pediatrician told his parents: “You have to take him to Upstate.” A routine blood test showed that Ezekiel had a rare inherited disorder called phenylketonuria, or PKU, which … Continue reading

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With lung cancer at bay, she’s cruising Florida coast on her Harley

  BY SUSAN KEETER As a retired police officer, Toni Lindgren knows how to deal with problems. So, when a physician at Fort Drum said, “I think it’s cancer,” Lindgren said, “I’m going to Upstate. I want the doctors who do cancer … Continue reading

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