Pattie Alkire tells her breast cancer survivor story with a smile. Yet, there were times during her battle when she struggled not to give in to sadness and fear.“If you’re going through cancer, there are going to be good days and bad days; you’ll take one step forward and two steps back,” she says. “There are times when you give up, but then you see other people fighting cancer and think, ‘If they can do it, I can, too.’”
Read and watch Pattie's story
Whittle knew as soon as her daughter looked at her that something was wrong. After
sliding into home, Jessi Whittle had not gotten right up. Instead,
the then-14-year-old looked for her mom, sitting behind home plate. Then she
started to stand, and Kim saw her daughter’s right foot was turned sideways and realized the injury needed immediate attention. After being examined in the Lake Regional Emergency Department, the Whittle's learned that Jessi had a long road ahead that included surgery to repair her broken ankle and physical therapy to keep her off the sidelines and get her back in the game.
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Robert Trokey was having a good time visiting with family when suddenly, he felt faint and passed out. He quickly revived, but was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital where he soon learned that he was in for the fight of his life. A CAT scan revealed a mass which was determined to be cancerous. Read more about Trokey's cancer journey and the exceptional care he received at Lake Regional Cancer Center at lakeregional.com.
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What was supposed to be a fun-filled vacation for a Wisconsin family, nearly turned into a tragedy when 13-year-old Tyler Delaney's hand became
entangled in a tow rope after a day of wakeboarding. One year later, he returned to thank the Lake Regional surgeons and wound care team who save his thumb from amputation.
Read and watch Tyler's story.
When Joe Davinroy retired after more than 40 years as a pharmacist, he had plans for fishing, yard work and a whole lot of golf. What he did not plan on was having a stroke.
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Before Helen Barnes had heart bypass surgery, she watched several family members struggle through long, hard recoveries from similar procedures. She’s happy to report that’s not the experience she had receiving care from Lake Regional. “Everything went so well,” she says. “I could never have expected better care, nor received better care.” Read and watch her story
Morawitz was nervous — very nervous — about having her first colonoscopy.
65 years old, and you are supposed to have your first colonoscopy at 50,” she
says. “I kept putting it off.”
explains that even a trip to the dentist fills her with dread, so it took her primary
care doctor, Lake Regional’s James Neill, M.D., insisting she have the
screening before she worked up the courage for the potentially lifesaving test.”
Read and watch her story.
Thanks to Cardiac Care at Lake Regional, Pat McNally is Thriving (Video)
Pat and Patty McNally have called Osage Beach home since 1975. "As Realtors, we've always recommended the hospital and believed you get great healthcare here. But except for the birth of our youngest son in 1984, we hadn't truly experienced it for ourselves." That all changed in May 2014. Read and watch their story.
Although a cancer diagnosis can be a long road, Janice Reitz is taking her journey in stride. The breast cancer survivor finds happiness in everyday things, even treatment, because it’s all part of the joy of living. "I felt tremendous support throughout my treatment," she says. "And when my hair fell out or I was tired, they encouraged me." Read and watch her story.
“I began to think that being a mom just wasn’t in the cards for me. But, when we found out we were finally pregnant, I knew I wanted to be at Lake Regional. I expected quality care, but what I got was exceptional care.”
See how Lake Regional helped the Creachs welcome their baby.
While vacationing in the Bahamas, Dennis Hiner felt something wasn’t right. He’d suffered a heart attack several years earlier and feared the worst. Following cardiac catheterization, Hiner needed an emergency double bypass. Find out how Lake Regional's cardiac team brought him back from the brink.
Heather Rockstad knew immediately that Lake Regional Family Birth Center was where she wanted to deliver her third child. “The nursers are so great and made the experience of having children, which is awkward in itself, not awkward at all. And, having a lactation consultant there to help with any question I had was so great.”
Watch her story here.
Orienne Koll, 99, fell and broke her hip. Surgery at Lake Regional fixed the break, and healing began with Lake Regional nursing staff and physical therapists in the Skilled Nursing Facility. “It’s just so wonderful there. Any time you need something, they’re right there. I’ve broken my hip and done this before, but it’s so much better here than other hospitals.”
See her story here.
Nighttime pains sent Jerry Rice to Lake Regional Emergency Department, where quick diagnosis and surgery started the healing process. “It was a life threatening situation, but everyone was so gracious I never felt in danger.”
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Tom Mosher didn't want to slow down. He had fun things planned with his family. When a collapsed lung changed his plans, Lake Regional helped him recover fast. “It was the most humbling experience being completely helpless and unable to take care of yourself,” he says. “But the nurses and staff in ICU were always there.”
Read how Lake Regional helped Tom recover.
When James Doores experienced tremendous pain in his chest, his wife, Mary, immediately called 911. Within 10 minutes, an EMS crew was providing lifesaving treatment for the 79-year-old.
Read more about how Lake Regional saved Doores' life.
Lilli Heinrich was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer for a second time in 2013. Following surgery Heinrich chose Lake Regional Cancer Center for chemotherapy and radiation treatments. See how Lake Regional helped Lilli battle breast cancer for a second time but with emotional, physical and financial support.
“I had pain in my knee for more than a year. I had several surgeries, and nothing was working that would permanently help. I trusted Dr. Hofer immediately. He knew what he had to do to fix my knee.”
Read more about Carol's Lake Regional experience.
"When I needed open heart surgery, I trusted the experienced team at Lake Regional. After life-saving surgery and cardiac rehab, I'm feeling good as new. Bobbi and I are having fun doing all the things we've always dreamed of, like taking a trip to Australia. The care team at Lake Regional treated us like family."
Read more about Tom's Lake Regional experience.