Patient Story

Being there for our veterans

February 7, 2019

Being there for our veterans

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Clare Suomi and her family volunteered to become an Operation Mend Buddy Family back in 2009. In 2016, after lovingly caring for five warriors and their families, Clare happened upon a job opening for a Buddy Program Coordinator and knew it was perfect for her. Clare, who quickly earned the nickname “Clarebear,” is an incredible […]

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Tags: Buddy Family, psychologic support, PTSD, UCLA Buddy Family Program, UCLA Operation Mend, veterans, Warrior Care Network, Wounded Warrior Project, wounded warriors


A life changing experience

February 1, 2019

A life changing experience

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“We want to put an awareness out there about Operation Mend,” says Tad Steckler, United States Army Master Sergeant (retired) of Omaha, Nebraska. ”It can be hard to talk about personal things but it’s important for other wounded veterans and their families to know that they too can benefit from the program.” With a total […]

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Tags: brain injury, intensive treatment program, Post traumatic stress, PRSD, TBI, UCLA Operation Mend, Warrior Care Network, WWP


Treating the invisible wounds of war

January 31, 2019

Treating the invisible wounds of war

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“I left the Operation Mend program in a much better place mentally and spiritually. You really do feel better when you come out of it,” says U.S. Marine John Kob, who went through UCLA Operation Mend’s intensive outpatient treatment program for PTSD and TBI, offered in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project. With a total […]

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Tags: brain injury, intensive treatment program, PTSD, TBI, UCLA Operation Mend, veterans, Wounded Care Network, Wounded Warrior Project


From 'dead on the road' to healthy and active

January 17, 2019

From ‘dead on the road’ to healthy and active

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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


October 22, 2018

It’s Not Their Illness, It’s Their Life

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“Jo Sue has written hundreds of biographies since she started the program,” says Carey McCarthy, not pictured, as she honored Jo Sue Whisler, a Living History Program volunteer in the hematology and oncology unit at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, for her outstanding service and dedication during the annual Auxiliary Awards Luncheon. Carey continues, “In […]

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Tags: Auxiliary Awards Luncheon, hematology and oncology, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Health volunteers, volunteer


Mammogram was Life-Saver

October 22, 2018

Mammogram was Life-Saver

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“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


In Good Hands

October 15, 2018

In Good Hands

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“My husband was a carrier for a very rare mutation of cystic fibrosis,” says Stacey Armato, whose son Massimo Armato is now 2 years old and sees Dr. Marlyn Woo at UCLA Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine. “At five days old Massimo had surgery to remove a burst intestine. At 5 weeks old, he had […]

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Tags: cystic fibrosis, Dr. Marlyn Woo, genetic disorder, heritable disease, pneumonia, pulmonary disease, Pulmonology, UCLA Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine


There Is A Plan

October 10, 2018

There Is A Plan

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“Having a child with asthma can be frightening,” says Brian, father to 2-year-old Finn, who brought his son to see UCLA pediatric pulmonologist Sande Okelo, MD. “There have been some nights were we were really unsure about what to do. The one really positive aspect of our care at UCLA has been that there is […]

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Tags: asthma, asthma in children, Dr. Sande Okelo, Pediatric Asthma Program, pediatric pulmonology, Pulmonology, UCLA Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine


Food + Love = Patient Care

October 1, 2018

Food + Love = Patient Care

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Food is a gateway for a lot of emotions and it’s a way that a lot of families show love,” says Suzanne Hollander, MS, RD, a pediatric and adult dietician for the cystic fibrosis clinic and pulmonology clinic at UCLA Health. “I work with patients who have pulmonology disorders, including cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis patients […]

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Tags: cystic fibrosis, lung disease, pediatric pulmonology, Pulmonology, pulmonology disorders, Suzanne Hollander RD, UCLA Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine


It Will Get Better

September 6, 2018

It Will Get Better

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“I think one of the most sensitive and challenging times are when our newborn babies are first diagnosed with cystic fibrosis,” says Sabah Akmal, LSCW,  a pediatric clinical social worker with UCLA Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine. “The parents are overwhelmed when they have a healthy baby, but their baby has been diagnosed with a […]

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Tags: cystic fibrosis, cystic fibrosis in newborns, lung disease, pulmonary disease, Pulmonology, UCLA Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine