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Patience Leino’s Story: Turning Heartache From Loss of Baby Into Passion For Building Collaboration with Medical Teams

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In 2006, I was expecting my first child. At the 18 week ultrasound, we were blindsided to learn our son had a complex congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). Survival required at best 3 open heart surgeries within the first 2 years of life and most likely a total heart transplant later. … Continued

Gabe Howard’s Story: Reflecting on the Mental Health Crises That Marked His Early Years and His Path to Helping Others

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Gabe Howard has bipolar disorder, but it took 24 years for him to be diagnosed as such. Despite many signs, including depression, mania, and anger, Gabe’s family believed his issues stemmed from a behavioral problem. As such, he spent his early years feeling alone and unloved, growing sicker and more isolated as the years passed. … Continued

Kristen Terlizzi’s Story: Raising National Awareness of a Potentially Deadly, Largely Unknown Threat to Birthing Mothers

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Continuing with C-section stories, (see Jill Arnold’s story from Wednesday), today we share Kristen Terlizzi’s journey with you, as she endured and overcame hardship during her second birth due to a largely unknown condition that resulted from a C-section during her first. In 2012, I was 30 and thrilled to be pregnant with my first … Continued

Jill Arnold’s Story: Turning Childbirth into a Career of Studying C-Section Rates

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Jill Arnold shares with us how her “unremarkable” birthing experience became something remarkable as she learned more about the rise of C-sections and began to share that knowledge with others. Read her inspirational submission to #PVImpact17 My patient story was completely unremarkable. Or rather, it should have been. On August 25, 2005, I was admitted … Continued

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