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.

She’s beating the odds, thanks to her ‘tenderhearted’ oncologist

BY SUSAN KEETER On an August day, Kathi Tamer and her cousins were making Lebanese string cheese. The process involves kneading hot cheese curd into braids and rolling them in caraway seeds. While they cooked, they talked about oncologist Stephen Graziano, MD, … Continue reading

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Golisano 10th anniversary quiz: Can you name these noted visitors to the children’s hospital?

Many special guests have boosted spirits by visiting patients at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital over the years. Here are clues about 10 of them as the hospital marks its 10th anniversary. (For answers, scroll down.) Yummy, yummy! This children’s … Continue reading

Posted in Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

Is this Sarah Loguen, MD?

National museum wonders just who is pictured in this newly discovered tintype BY SUSAN KEETER “An unidentified tintype in our collection bears a striking resemblance to Dr. Sarah Loguen,” wrote Emily Houf of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and … Continue reading

Posted in health care, history, medical education

‘Look Now’: Breast cancer survivors share their stories for artistic project

BY SUSAN KEETER Breast cancer led Tula Goenka to re-evaluate her life. “I realized I could use my experience, and my body, to say something about breast cancer. All of us can use our experiences to advocate for others,” she … Continue reading

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What cancer taught one mom: Keep things as normal as possible

BY SUSAN KEETER Levi Haddad was about to turn 4 when he went with his mother to her doctor’s appointment in November 2017. The youngster was tugging on his ears. The doctor felt a line of bumps where Levi’s neck … Continue reading

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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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