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Patient Stories

OHSU has four missions: teaching, healing, discovery and outreach. But often it's patients' personal stories that tell the most about what makes OHSU so vital to our region. Whether it's excellent care or the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial not available elsewhere, OHSU has changed lives and provided hope. Read on.

Nancy Kimball Nancy Kimball
Nancy remembers being told that she may not live to see the birth of her second grandchild, who was due in three months. She doesn't remember feeling scared, but she remembers thinking she needed a plan.

Ruth Cook Ruth Cook
Ruth Cook wouldn't let health problems slow her down in her 90s, so she turned to OHSU not once but twice for help.

Olsen Family Olsen Family
Grant Olsen received life-saving cancer treatment from Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

Yvonne Nydigger Yvonne Nydigger
With the help of OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Yvonne received expert care to rid her body of the breast cancer that was threatening her life. And OHSU went beyond just healing her body. Learn how OHSU treats the whole person in a collaborative, holistic way.

Bob De Carolis Bob De Carolis
In June, following series of undiagnosed health problems, Bob met with Dr. Jay Nutt of the Parkinson Center and Movement Disorders program at OHSU. His diagnosis was Parkinson’s disease.

Katheryn Byram Katheryn Byram
Katheryn participated in a clinical trial for deep brain stimulation surgery to help her Parkinson's symptoms. It was life changing. She says being involved in the research at the Parkinson Center of Oregon is her way of giving back.

Phil Kreitner Phil Kreitner
Phil and his wife watched their parents go through dementia, so they recognized that Phil had some early symptoms. They've teamed up with the Layton Aging & Alzheimer's Disease Center to assess Phil's status, and they're glad to participate in a study to help find a cure.

Darryl Adams Darryl Adams
Darryl, an avid cyclist, was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease at 14. At 25 he gave up driving. He knows he may soon have to give up cycling as well. That's why supporting Casey Eye Institute is so important.

Katie Knudson Katie Knudson
Katie was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia after her 6th birthday. Today she's 15 and cancer free thanks to Gleevec, a targeted cancer pill developed by Brian Druker, M.D., of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

Anne Lazar Anne Lazar
In 2003 Anne's doctors told her there was nothing they could do to combat her classic MS symptoms. Then she went straight to the top -- of the Hill -- to seek care at the MS Center of Oregon at OHSU. It's made all the difference in her care and quality of life.