Back to Life

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Bariatric Surgery Patient

You’ll be dead in 5-10 years.” That’s the message Brian Wilson heard from the ER doctor the day he was rushed to the hospital with chest pains. Fortunately, Brian hadn’t suffered a heart attack, but the experience was the catalyst he needed to change his unhealthy lifestyle. At the time, he weighed 355 pounds. Acid […]

In a Heartbeat

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Young patient with severe aortic stenosis

“As I began feeling the effects of the anesthesia, I thought about the possibility of never seeing my husband, our 2-year-old son Anthony, or my family again. I thought about never having the chance to meet my unborn daughter.” Just 14 weeks into her second pregnancy, Angela Mason, 35, discovered her aortic stenosis had progressed […]

Conquering Incontinence

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Rosalie Ray

After living with incontinence for more than a year, Northland resident Rosalie Ray decided to do something about it. “I wanted a doctor north of the river so I would be close to home,” Rosalie says. Her gynecologist knew just the right physician: Ian Rosbrugh, MD, an OB-GYN with Meritas Health, who recently earned board […]

April is National Donate Life Month

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Donate Life Month

A Mother’s Instinct Saves Her Child Megan Ebert was 13 months old when her parents first realized something was wrong. Worried about a lingering infection, mom Sheri Ebert, a registered nurse, was shocked to learn Megan was in kidney failure. Megan, now 18 years old, suffered from Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) caused by strep pneumococcal […]

All I Want Is My Two Front Lobes

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Joan

By Joan Harrison I meant to volunteer at North Kansas City Hospital for quite some time. I just couldn’t seem to make myself do it. Maybe it was the fact that I would have to dress up that kept me from getting to it. I was presented the perfect opportunity to offer my services as […]

Ups and Downs

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berries

From a personal standpoint, June – July is a very trying time. Many of those ‘grief dates’ surface. I find it difficult to keep life in balance. As a result, exercise and eating have slid – a lot – and the result of that…. no energy, want to sleep all the time, feel very sluggish. […]