After suffering from severe stomach pain for over a year, at 32 years old Lynn’s world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with stage two colon cancer. Lynn first noticed something was wrong when she developed blood in her stool and was unable to complete bowel movements. After multiple ultrasounds and visits to the doctor, Lynn ended up in the emergency room due to the pain. A colonoscopy confirmed the cancerous polyps.
As a nurse with over 28 years of experience caring for patients, Mary, 55, always tries to practice what she preaches about getting regular screenings and checkups. During her annual mammogram a few years ago, Mary’s scan showed something worrisome. After a biopsy, the results came back: Mary had malignant pre-cancer cells in her breast.
After being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib), Jeanie had an irregular heartbeat and increased risk of stroke. When a cardioversion failed to restore her natural heart rhythm, she knew she needed to make significant lifestyle changes for her health.
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When Aisha turned 40, the last thing she expected was a baby. Already a mom of three — ages 16, 15, and 13 — Aisha thought she was finished having children. After visiting the doctor thinking her appendix had burst, she discovered that she was not only pregnant but also would have a high-risk pregnancy. Having recently moved to Oregon from Alaska, Aisha was new to Portland and didn’t know where to begin to find an OBGYN. All she knew was that she needed to find someone she trusted.
When Larry, a former literature and writing teacher, moved to Medford, Oregon at 40 years old, he knew he had found his community. After retiring from teaching in 2003, Larry devoted his time to one of his favorite hobbies: singing. He bought a karaoke machine and took voice lessons before performing at local retirement homes and recording CDs to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease.
As a busy professional, husband, and father of three young children, cancer was the last thing Mike Bunch, 38, had on his mind. After finding a lump in his throat eight years ago that turned out to be a benign cyst, Mike had his thyroid checked out every few years as a precaution.
Like many men his age, when Don turned 50, his primary care physician began testing the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in his blood, a common screening method for prostate cancer.
For Darrell Allen, an operating room nurse and avid guitar player, his hands are a critical part of his livelihood — and his passion.
So when Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) threatened his mobility, he knew he had to take action.
Jack Hoffman lives for adventure. At 72, he flies airplanes, skis, and rides motorcycles and snowmobiles. He has hand-built houses, mined for gold in Alaska, and is currently restoring an antique gas pump. Despite working his dream job alongside his son and being on a reality TV show, Jack was suffering daily from agonizing chronic back pain.
This all changed when he met Dr. Martin Baggenstos, a neurosurgeon at The Oregon Clinic, who provided Jack with non-narcotic pain management through spinal cord stimulation.
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