Heart, Heart Failure, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

LVAD patient Bob Wilson gets a heart transplant and resumes his life

Bob Wilson was busy as could be. He was working a full-time job in management, traveling with his life partner, Lucy, and active in adult sports leagues including a travel softball team, golf and bowling. At 64 years old in 2021, he was experiencing some mild chest discomfort every so often and some tiredness, but…

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Patient stories - Norton Healthcare, Spine

A lifetime of scoliosis won’t stop this woman from hiking trails around the world

Sometimes in life, it takes something drastic to inspire change. Jennifer White’s catalyst was the X-ray image of her spine. “The surgeon pulled it up on the screen, and it was literally an ‘S,’” Jennifer said. “I knew I had some curvature, I just didn’t understand [how much], and I never really thought about it….

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Cancer, Gastroenterology, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

Louisville man finds sophisticated and successful cancer care close to home

On the morning of March 12, 2019, I was still in a surgical gown and groggy after a colonoscopy when gastroenterologist William B. Evans, III, M.D., walked into the recovery room to deliver news I didn’t quite know what to do with. I still remember his words: “The good news is that I didn’t see…

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Brand Feature, Neurosciences, Parkinson’s Disease, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

Louisville man with early onset Parkinson’s gives back

It’s Friday evening, and Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville, Kentucky, is hopping. There’s food to serve, drinks to make and customers to keep happy. In the thick of it all is director of operations Jason Smith. You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but Jason, 48, has been battling Parkinson’s disease for eight…

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Brand Feature, News, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

‘Miserable’ pain, surgery couldn’t keep Amy James from the job she loves

Being a hairdresser is all Amy James ever wanted to be. “I remember styling my Barbie doll’s hair and telling my mom I wanted to be a beautician,” Amy said. Her dreams came true when she opened her own salon in 2000. So when Amy was faced with a possible career-ending injury, she was devastated….

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Brand Feature, Health Equity, Norton Community Medical Associates, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare, Rheumatology

Middle-income Louisville man benefits from expanded health care assistance policy

It’s an all-too-common experience — lack of quality health insurance, a chronic illness and mounting bills set off a chain of bad luck and a financial struggle. A mystery illness The trouble started in the spring of 2022. “I started feeling burning in my arms, shoulders and fingers. Just excruciating pain,” said Thomas Williams, 55,…

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Ortho - Hip, Orthopedics, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare, Sports - Hip

At 66, Liz wasn’t going to let a worn-out hip set her back

Liz, 66, was hiking in Arizona in February when she thought she pulled a muscle on her left hip. Hot baths and physical therapy didn’t help. By the time she got home to Louisville, she was struggling to walk. Liz went to see her doctor, and images of her hip showed the joint was worn…

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Brand Feature, Employee stories - Norton Healthcare, Neurosciences, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

The lost ring was her mother’s — the mission was the receptionist’s

We can all imagine it — walking through a parking garage, putting keys away, making sure we have what we need for a doctor appointment. If a ring, earring or something else slipped off, we probably wouldn’t notice. The woman arriving for her neurologist appointment was distraught. Tears running down her face, she rubbed her…

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Neurosciences, Norton Audubon, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare, Stroke

Stroke survivor encourages other Black men to take their health seriously

The holidays were coming up, but Jonathan House wasn’t feeling particularly joyous. Jonathan was grief-stricken from the recent loss of his mother and stepfather, and stressed after losing his job of more than 20 years. On top of that, he also was recovering from COVID-19. One evening in November 2021, after having dinner with his…

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Heart, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

Noninvasive test reveals patient’s potentially deadly heart issue, allowing him to make healthy changes

Dan English got the kind of scare no one wants. He was on a construction site when his vision became blurry and his arms went numb. He had to step back to brace himself on a big piece of equipment — and then drove himself to a local hospital emergency room. Dan underwent extensive tests…

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Breast Cancer, Breast Health, Cancer, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare, Womens Health

Mother and daughter’s pillows provide unique comfort to breast cancer patients

Four years ago, Sara Westerman was diagnosed with breast cancer. She chose treatment that included a double mastectomy with reconstruction. While preparing for surgery, Sara discovered pillows designed for patients who have this surgery. Sara’s mom, Betty, is a retired home economics teacher and promptly created a version of the pillow for her daughter’s recovery….

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Hematology, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

‘Sunshine’ Joe: Persevere and live life between sickle cell crises

A conversation with Joseph Mallard needs to last only 60 seconds to understand why he is nicknamed “Sunshine Joe.” He shares the vivid life advice his father and grandmother gave him when he was a young boy growing up in the Jim Crow South. “Persevere, push forward, keep fighting.” He details his relentless approach to…

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