Category Archives: patient story

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

Surgical solution: Ear specialist helps her hearing, balance problems

BY AMBER SMITH They weren’t life-threatening, but the symptoms that plagued Jolie Bower were so debilitating she had to stop working. She had a spinning sensation of vertigo and nausea that would come on without warning. Her head would feel … Continue reading

Posted in ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology, health care, HealthLink on Air, patient story, surgery | Tagged

Overcoming a painful disease: Battling juvenile arthritis is a long-term proposition for this fourth-grader

BY JIM HOWE Nora Powers started feeling pain in her feet when she was 2 years old. That led to trips to her pediatrician, then a podiatrist, then an orthopedist. When she was 5, a pediatric rheumatologist diagnosed what caused … Continue reading

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

Medically fragile, mentally strong: Preschooler thrives, despite cardiac and neurological problems

BY AMBER SMITH In 2013, friends of Kristy and John Cornell told the couple about a woman who gave birth to a baby girl in the Buffalo area. The baby was to be adopted, and she had health problems. The Cornells … Continue reading

Posted in allergies/asthma, cancer, health care, heart/cardiovascular, lung/pulmonary, patient story, surgery

Advanced imaging, clot-retrieval help save stroke patients during holiday at Upstate Comprehensive Stroke Center

The Christmas feast was about to begin. Twenty-three of Judy Klein’s loved ones were gathered in her Syracuse home. Her grandson had prepared a plate for her mother, Fannie Barber, 101. Klein’s daughter was talking with the matriarch, who was … Continue reading

Posted in aging/geriatrics, brain/neurology, brain/spine/neurosurgery, emergency medicine/trauma, health care, medical imaging/radiology, patient story

Cows for cancer: Grateful granddaughter raises livestock to brighten patients’ days

Thomas Elwood lived his whole life on his farm in the village of Walton, in New York’s Southern Tier, with steers, pigs and chickens. He was retired from Breakstone, the local creamery, where he worked for 45 years. He beamed … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, fundraising, health care, patient story

Catching cancer early: Routine mammogram spotted technician’s breast cancer

BY AMBER SMITH In 28 years as a clinical technician at Upstate University Hospital, Kimberly White, 47, has cared for a wide variety of patients, including adults with cancer. Today she has a new appreciation for the disease, as a … Continue reading

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Kidney cancer survivor says: Don’t ignore possible symptoms

BY JIM HOWE Cancer survivor Alf Jacques has a message for people who notice unusual or troubling health symptoms. “Get tested.” The famed maker of traditional wooden lacrosse sticks noticed blood in his urine in June 2016 and quickly had … Continue reading

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Physical feats: Despite cancer, these patients focus on accomplishing goals

Jim Waters, 56, of Auburn Diagnosis: Colon cancer that has spread to liver. Treatment: Surgery in June 2016, plus chemotherapy. Care team: From medical oncology, Adham Jurdi, MD, and Ibrahim Thabet, NP; surgeon Carl Weiss, MD, PhD; wife/caregiver of 25 … Continue reading

Posted in brain/spine/neurosurgery, cancer, community, health care, medical imaging/radiology, patient story, surgery

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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