Author: Madison Hafitz

Charisse Montgomery’s Story: How Hospital Silence Helped This Family Find Their Voice As Patient Advocates

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Few things in a hospital setting are more terrifying than silence…it almost always means that something has gone wrong. Charisse first experienced this when she was pregnant with her son, Richie. During a routine ultrasound, the technician was happily chatting with both her and her husband, Richard, when suddenly she stopped talking. This silence later … Continued

Nancy Michaels’ Story: What Docs Can Learn from Hair Stylists

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In 2005, at the age of 41, Nancy Michaels became fatally ill, and underwent emergency surgery for a liver transplant. While she previously was a physically healthy adult, she experienced serious medical complications both during and after surgery. Not only was she pronounced clinically dead twice while in surgery, the surgery left her in a … Continued

Crystal Horner’s Story: Empathy for Her Son’s Care Team Results in Collaboration

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Have you and your family endured many hospital stays? The Horner family has dealt with hospital after hospital visit as the result of hydrocephalus that came about from a brain bleed during their son’s delivery eight years ago. “Hudson has a lot of challenges. He was born 5 weeks early however he didn’t get enough oxygen … Continued

Liz Minda’s Story: Effective Treatment for Her Daughter’s Epilepsy Leads to Alternative Treatment

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Have traditional therapies been unsuccessful for you or a loved one? Have you had to fight for unconventional alternatives? Liz’s story is one of a mother’s fight pursuing the best treatment for her daughter. When Liz gave birth to twins in 2007, both children were healthy. But at 18 months, her daughter, Jadyn, experienced a … Continued

Wendy Wooden’s Story: A 12-year-old Guides Kids Through ER Visits

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Wendy Wooden and her mother, Darcy Daniels, are very familiar with the Emergency Room. At age 3, Wendy was diagnosed with a debilitating disease, caused by a common intestinal infection. As a result, she experienced many medical complications that required a kidney transplant, a partial intestinal removal, and 180 days in the hospital all before … Continued

Tom Risser’s Story: Diary of a Heart in Need of Repair

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Have you ever been told by doctors that you are healthy, only to experience a serious health issue? Have you ever felt anxiety prior to undergoing a serious medical procedure? Do you know what it feels like after having invasive surgery? Tom Risser does. Tom is a 52-year old metal-sculpting skateboarder. Over a ten-year period, … Continued

Pam Bryan’s Story: Finding Inner Strength Through Empowerment

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Nothing is scarier than receiving a phone call that your child has been hurt. On October 31, 1995, Pam Bryan received that call, telling her that her then 13-year-old son, John, had been severely injured in a car crash on the way home from school. From the first phone call, to arriving at the hospital … Continued

Rebecca (Becky) White’s Story: Bringing the CEO to the Patient’s Bedside

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When Rebecca White was pregnant with her son, Wade, the doctors said that he wouldn’t survive due to a serious medical condition. While Wade miraculously did pull through, he was born with a variety of medical complications and would undergo more than 50 surgeries before the age of 5. As the mother of a son … Continued

Heather Von St. James’ Story: “We won’t stop until HOPE is a reality.”

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The attention of much of the nation will be drawn tonight to the much-anticipated first presidential debate. But for Heather Von St. James and thousands like her, September 26th is anticipated as a day to celebrate another year of her death-defying victory over a rare cancer called mesothelioma. Below, in a guest blog post, is … Continued

Aviva Rubin’s Story: “You’re a ‘Survivor’ – Until You’re Not”

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When you get through cancer treatment, is it time to take your “clean-bill-of-health-for-now card” and bolt…or something else? Aviva Rubin chose something else. Her beautifully written and intensely personal exploration of what being a “survivor” means to her exemplifies the Patients’ View Principle of Empowerment. In the fall of 2013, I was diagnosed with Marginal … Continued