Items Tagged ‘patient story’

From a Stage III colon cancer diagnosis to a cure, in a year

March 21, 2019

From a Stage III colon cancer diagnosis to a cure, in a year

By uclahealth uclahealth

Jim Frost, 57, is an avid hiker, who spends hours each week on local trails. He is also a real estate broker and appraiser; a husband and dog owner; and a cancer survivor, who was diagnosed with Stage III colorectal cancer last year after a routine screening. Before he was diagnosed with colon cancer, Frost […]

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Tags: colon cancer, colon cancer screening, colonoscopy, colorectal cancer, colorectal surgery, Dr. Anne Lin, Dr. Ara Kardashian, Dr. Philip Cohen, Dr. Sandy Liu, Encino, patient story, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Colon cancer cured thanks to routine screening

March 6, 2019

Colon cancer cured thanks to routine screening

By uclahealth uclahealth

Kells Jesse, a production designer who lives in Venice, says that in recent years, he and his wife, Sylvia Castillo-Jesse, have made major lifestyle changes to prioritize their health. They optimized their nutrition and now eat a mostly vegan, plant-based diet; they incorporated more exercise into their routines; and last spring, they scheduled their routine […]

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Tags: Bob Hope Health Center, colon cancer, colon cancer screening, colon polyps, colonoscopy, Dr. Mary Farid, patient story, The Checkup


March 2, 2019

Positive mindset helps lead to a positive outcome

By uclahealth uclahealth

Robert Miller had no idea his life was about to be turned upside down by cancer. He expected some routine blood tests in preparation for back surgery. But his doctor found that his platelet levels (which should have been around 140,000) were at 40,000. “By the time I repeated the test a few days later, […]

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Tags: all, blood cancer, leukemia, leukemia and lymphoma, patient story, UCLA bone marrow and stem cell transplant program


From 'dead on the road' to healthy and active

January 17, 2019

From ‘dead on the road’ to healthy and active

By uclahealth uclahealth

On Feb. 22, 2016, Michael Bannon was taking his daily morning bike ride when tragedy struck. Somewhere along his one hour route through Santa Monica, Bannon, now 57, suffered a massive heart attack and was left “dead on the road,” he says. A passerby found him and started chest compressions; then emergency personnel resuscitated him […]

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Tags: cardiology, cholesterol, Dr. Melkon Hacobian, Dr. Peyman Benharash, LDL, Ornish Lifestyle Medicine, patient story, plant-based diet, The Checkup, UCLA Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program, weight loss


Mammogram was Life-Saver

October 22, 2018

Mammogram was Life-Saver

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Waiting for my biopsy results was the longest 10 days,” says 44-year-old Brenda Palacios, who was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in March of 2017. “I had been getting yearly mammograms since I was 40, so they detected it on time. When I went to Dr. Deanna Attai’s office, she had a written breakdown, […]

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Tags: biopsy, breast cancer, cancer, chemo, chemotherapy, Dr. Deanna Attai, featured, HER2-positive cells, HER2+, lumpectomy, mammograms, mastectomy


From almost paralyzed to strong and pain-free

August 13, 2018

From almost paralyzed to strong and pain-free

By uclahealth uclahealth

It was September, about three years ago, when Carl Link realized that something was seriously wrong with his health. For years, Link, then 36, had been dealing with chronic back pain that radiated out from between his shoulder blades and occasionally woke him up in the middle of the night. But recently, he had noticed […]

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Tags: Dr. Adam Cavallero, Dr. Luke Macyszyn, ependymoma, neurosurgery, patient stories, patient story, primary care, primary care physician, The Checkup, Thousand Oaks, UCLA Health Thousand Oaks


Snoop Dog Dance for Transplant

June 13, 2018

Snoop Dog Dance for Transplant

By uclahealth uclahealth

“It will be my one-year anniversary on June 6, which is my father’s birthday,” says Laurie Grand Pre, a heart transplant recipient. “He passed away at the same age that I got my heart. I have a family history of cardiomyopathy, or an enlarged heart. I had three open-heart surgeries before getting the call that […]

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Tags: cardiomyopathy, featured, Heart Failure Symposium, heart transplant, open heart surgeries, patient story


Prioritizing Second Chances

June 13, 2018

Prioritizing Second Chances

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I received a heart transplant in March 2016 after dealing with heart failure for 25 years,” says Daniel Wickstrom, pictured with wife Kimberly Wickstrom. “I had cardiomyopathy, or an enlarged heart. My heart did pretty well for 20 years, and then I went into end-stage heart failure and I came to UCLA Health.” Kimberly says, […]

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Tags: cardiomyopathy, end-stage heart failure, enlarged heart, featured, heart failure, Heart Failure Symposium, heart transplant, patient story


Kidney Fair - Above and Beyond

June 12, 2018

Kidney Fair – Above and Beyond

By ZachJ zach_jacobs

As a medical student, it was truly a pleasure to attend and volunteer at the 2018 Kidney Fair at the Beach! To me, the fair represents UCLA Health and specifically Dr. Rastogi and his CORE Kidney Program going above and beyond for their patients. It is an important reminder that the practice of medicine should […]

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Tags: CORE Kidney Program, Dr. Anjay Rastogi, featured, patient stories, patient story, UCLA Kidney Health Fair


Severely damaged face saved by THE best; Dr. Reza Jarrahy!

May 29, 2018

Severely damaged face saved by THE best; Dr. Reza Jarrahy!

By Bella27 bellagolestan

In April of 2017 I got into a severe, nearly fatal ATV accident in Greece whilst studying abroad. I was studying abroad at Oxford University in Oxford, England. During the time of the accident I was on spring break and vacationing in Greece. The accident happened on the island of Mykonos. I do not have […]

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Tags: bone grafting, broken jaw, Dr. Kodi Azari, Dr. Reza Jarrahy, facial fractures, featured, liver laceration, loss of bone, missing teeth, oral implants, partial denture, patellar fracture