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A Reason to Live

A Reason to Live

Three years ago, my wife died, and I just gave up. I didn’t want to do dialysis anymore.
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Colorectal Cancer: Tommy Chong talks colorectal cancer, colostomy bags and the healing power of humor

Colorectal Cancer: Tommy Chong talks col [...]

Tommy Chong has had many identities in his decades-long career: comedian (he’s half of the Grammy Award-winning comedy duo Cheech & Chong), actor,
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16 Hour Surgery

16 Hour Surgery

“I was a patient here in 2006 for a 16-hour resection of a brain tumor,” says Brad Lusk, a 68-year-old neurosurgery patient who was running…
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Twins Share in Recovery

Twins Share in Recovery

"Our mother died of breast cancer at the age of 55," says Raj Dhillon, (pictured right) 72, and identical twin sister to Tej Bains. Tej…
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Better than a pit crew: UCLA

Better than a pit crew: UCLA

It’s two different stories for two different children,” says Jeremy Ellertson, father of 11-year-old Christian and 3-year-old Christopher. Both children suffered from a heart disease…
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Sleeve Gastrectomy: The sleeve gastrectomy was the tool I needed to turn my weight loss failures into a weight loss success story

Sleeve Gastrectomy: The sleeve gastrecto [...]

Being an overweight child, an overweight teen and then an overweight twenty-something is not a fun experience.
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Operation Eyelid Reconstruction

Operation Eyelid Reconstruction

"In 2005, I got hit by an IED. My teammates were ambushed, and I suffered the brunt of the blast. Eighty percent of my body…
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A long distance to travel for a special Doctor

A long distance to travel for a special [...]

6For over 21 years I've had medical issues that continue to keep doctors scratching their heads. I've had a central IV line for 21 year…
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Secret Weapon: Dad

Secret Weapon: Dad

Secret Weapon: Dad. When 20‐year-old Alec Kupelian went to the ER at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica one Saturday, he never expected cancer was the…
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A Thank You Letter to UCLA on behalf of my Father

A Thank You Letter to UCLA on behalf of [...]

To the UCLA medical team who cared for my father in his final weeks of life: My father, Frank Eck, recently passed away on the…
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Seizure-Stopping Surgery

Seizure-Stopping Surgery

"Jonah has been dealing with epilepsy for three years now," says Susan Sanders, mother of 8-year-old Jonah Sanders. "He wasn't getting seizure control with any…
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