In this issue
Spring 2015
  • Orthopaedic Care Close to Home

Orthopaedic Care Close to Home

A hip replacement in October 2014 has not slowed James Foley down at all. “I’m ready to do an Irish jig now,” says the 79-year-old Catholic priest. Originally from Tipperary County, Ireland, Foley, or “Father Jack,” served the parish of Holy Redeemer in Montrose, CA, for 23 years. Although he retired…  Read More »
  • New Lungs Bring New Life

New Lungs Bring New Life

When David Ludwig, 28, checked into a community hospital in Long Beach, CA, last June for a preventive course of antibiotics and respiratory therapy, he thought he was getting what many cystic fibrosis (CF) patients call a “tune up.” What he actually got was an infection. Such infections can be…  Read More »
  • Taking Multiple Sclerosis in Stride

Taking Multiple Sclerosis in Stride

In 2009, Patrick Fitzgerald was flying high. As a high-powered executive in Apple’s iTune’s division, he would regularly meet with Steve Jobs and was accustomed to working as many as 100 hours a week. But health problems began to take a toll on his busy life. “The problems had been mounting…  Read More »
  • Saving Life and Limb

Saving Life and Limb

As a teenager, Robert Dobbie loved to surf. The Hermosa Beach, CA, native learned to longboard and boogie board, and along with his friends, he’d enter local surfing competitions to see how he stacked up against other wave-catchers. “It was just going out there and having fun,” says the now…  Read More »
  • Freedom From Blindness

Freedom From Blindness

Last spring, Harry Svoboda, 84, of Bakersfield, CA, felt something in her right eye. The sensation was a nagging annoyance. Was it a speck of grit, or maybe an eyelash? A visit to her family doctor did not help — he found nothing. A local ophthalmologist thought it might be…  Read More »
  • Blood Disorder Detour

Blood Disorder Detour

Post-surgical/trauma nurse Sharon Dunn led a quiet, normal life – that is, until, in her mid-60s, she developed a blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). In the three years since her diagnosis, Dunn’s life had taken a series of twists and turns, including major transplant surgery. Thankfully, her dedicated hematology…  Read More »
  • Why Am I So Tired?

Why Am I So Tired?

In November 2012, 40-year-old U.S. Army reservist Marilou Calderon felt unusually run down. Instead of being her lively self, she was constantly tired, sometimes falling asleep during the day. She lacked the energy for activities that she had once loved. On the job, she was unable to think clearly…  Read More »
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