Author Archives: susankeeter

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.

Giving hope to youth affected by cancer

BY SUSAN KEETER Charlie Poole, 16, went hiking in Highland Forest last spring. It was an accomplishment for a young man who, 26 months earlier, was diagnosed with a brain tumor that left him with weakness in the right side … Continue reading

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A chance to look at occupational and physical therapy careers

By Amani Mike, Synergy intern I have dreamed of working in health care since I was 6 years old. Today, as a 20-year-old college student preparing for a career, I asked to spend a day shadowing occupational and physical therapists … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, health care, health careers, physical therapy/rehabilitation

‘Living a miracle’: Recovering from rare disorder that causes nerve damage, paralysis

BY SUSAN KEETER March 16 was a typical day for Barbara King, 79. She cooked meals and did housekeeping for the brothers at Christian Brothers Academy. She took her huskies, Cody and Daisy, on a two-mile walk. That Friday evening, … Continue reading

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At higher risk for breast cancer, she’s vigilant about self-exams and doctor visits

BY SUSAN KEETER Dakoata Wilcox was 27 when she felt a lump in her breast during a self-exam. “I was young,” she remembers. “I didn’t think breast cancer could happen to me.” Still, she made an appointment with breast surgeon … Continue reading

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Syracuse college students get taste of workaday world through Synergy internships at Upstate, other employers

By AMANI MIKE, Synergy Intern “I’m putting together a list of books that will increase the diversity of offerings at the Family Resource Center,” explains Muno Nuur, a summer intern at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Nuur is one of … Continue reading

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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

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‘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

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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