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Barb Stewart’s Story: How Her Husband Overcame Fear Thanks to a Special Nurse

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Barb Stewart and her husband, Robert, faced many challenges when he had to undergo a live donor liver transplant last June. With a positive attitude, Robert completed procedure after procedure, and so was dubbed the “crowd favorite” among the surgeons. Despite an impressive recovery, one week after his transplant, Robert was slated to go in … Continued

Tonya Nash’s Story: A Military Family with Two Autistic Sons Brings Autism Awareness to the Church Through a Faith-Based Initiative

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As part of a military family, moving frequently is a fact of life for Tonya Nash and her two autistic sons. This has brought a unique challenge to their lives as Tonya’s sons try to adjust to a new church family with every move. Tonya was curious as to why support wasn’t readily available in … Continued

A Diverse Showing of Patient Story Submissions for The 2017 Patients’ View Impact Awards

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This has been the toughest year ever for judges scoring submissions to the 2017 Patients’ View Impact Awards. With the ceremony (co-presented by The Leapfrog Group) coming up this December, we wanted to share with you some of the moving stories that were sent to us. Judging these stories was a great honor and challenge, and … Continued

Winner of 2016 PV Impact Award – Racking up More Awards!

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Some of you may remember Wendy and her mother Darcy as the winners of last year’s PV Impact Award. If you’ve been wondering what they’ve been up to for the past 12months, Darcy has happily shared the latest news on her daughter. It’s wonderful to follow up with past winners, and after reading Wendy’s story, … Continued

Submit Your Story – $1,000 cash prize and national platform

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Can your health care story inspire, enlighten or teach others? Submissions are now open for the 2017 Patients’ View Impact Awards. Winners receive $1,000 cash, travel and lodging to attend award ceremony, and national recognition for the critical value of patient perspective.  This year there are there categories. Submission deadline now extended to October 20th! (And … Continued

For My Daughter, the Patient: Compassion Made All the Difference

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The more patients’ stories we review here at PVI (1,200-plus to date), the more we’re struck by how compassion can be a lifeline in the middle of a terrifying experience. Here’s my own story below, from four years ago. What’s yours? Hospital transport arrives to take my daughter just after 9 AM. We’d been told … Continued

Have You Ridden the Antibiotic Roller Coaster?

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For some, the twists and turns can be many.  Amy Moser shares a story of her life changing experience with Fluoroguinolones, and includes lots of great resources for others who may be struggling. Hi there, we need to talk. My name is Amy Moser. I have almost written this post at least 20 times and … Continued

Childhood Trauma Brings on Adult Illness – It Happens to Many of Us

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The story linked below – of a woman’s childhood trauma manifesting in life-threatening illness later in life – really hit home for me. My ‘childhood trauma’ happened when I was 14 years old. Our phone rang at 1:00 am. One minute later, the doorbell rang. On the phone was a doctor telling me my mother … Continued

I Pray For My Patients

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PVI recently was contacted by Dr. Sosena Kebede*, a physician at Johns Hopkins who is passionate about helping patients engage meaningfully as stewards of their health care journey. Below, she writes a heartfelt and brutally honest piece about the obstacles, limits and complexities physicians face in caring for their patients on a daily basis.  It can … Continued

“Losing My Husband Changed My View of Medical Care”: A Conversation with Sue Hassmiller of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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To the nation’s nurses, their work and their profession, Susan Hassmiller is something of a rock star. She joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 1997, where she’s senior adviser for nursing. In this role, she shapes, leads, and presents to groups around the world about the Foundation’s nursing strategies and the vital role … Continued