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Saint Luke's Stories

Everyone has a story to tell about how their health care journey has been life changing. And sharing that story can be inspiring and encouraging to others.

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At Saint Luke’s, our goal is to you get back to the life you love. We would love to hear how the care you received at Saint Luke’s Health System
helped you regain strength, find hope, helped you heal, and got you back to living your best life.

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Patient Stories

Dean finds immediate relief from back pain through minimally invasive surgery
For 5 months Dean experienced pain like a “toothache,” a dull, constant pain on his left side. He felt tingling, numbness, and a buzzing sensation. Then, he came to Saint Luke's, and it all changed.
Tim's new “Super Power” put an end to his Essential Tremors
Tim's life was taken over when his essential tremors became severe. An appointment with a Saint Luke's Specialist changed how he now lives life.
Parkinson's Couldn't Stop Barry
"It was frustrating, and I thought that was just the way life was going to be," Barry Blank said. Read his about journey with Parkinson's and about the procedure that changed his life.
A routine screening helped save Fabian
Fabian Hardy has been healthy all his life: he served in the military, he consistently ate well – including fruits and vegetables – exercised, saw his doctor regularly and had a clean bill of health.
Andrew Found Relief at Saint Luke’s as Heart Transplant Patient #745
Transposition of the great arteries is a rare heart defect that causes the heart to pump non-oxygenated blood to the body. Hear Andrew's story of finding a new life.
Two-Time Heart Transplant Recipient Becomes a Mother of Two
Mindy Corbin had the same hopes for her future that many women have. Hear how she didn't let two heart transplants stand in the way of creating the future she envisioned.
New Device Helps Musician’s Congestive Heart Failure
Trial device helps Seabrun “Candy” Hunter’s worn heart valve pump at a steady beat.
Kidney Transplant Gives Jamont Newfound Freedom
Three days a week, three hours a day, for 12 years—Jamont Clayton spent roughly 5,616 hours of his life attached to a kidney dialysis machine.
The Perfect Kidney Transplant Match
Emery Stone was in total kidney failure. And that’s when everything changed. Not only for Emery, but for the entire Stone family. 
Heart Attack Doesn’t Stop This Father From Hearing Daughter Say, “I Do”
The bride wore white. The father of the bride wore a blue floral hospital gown and electrodes. Hear how Saint Luke's made sure he could attend the wedding.
Grandmother of eight, baseball fanatic, breast cancer patient
Reconnecting with a former high school classmate turned out to be a saving grace in Lori’s life.
Stroke Reversal Gives Grandmother a Second Act
Maggie knew something was terribly wrong when she arrived to pick up her “Nannie” for their weekly coffee outing.
Deafness Can’t Quiet Mighty Melody
Melody spent 136 days in the NICU. She didn't respond to sound. Read about her journey to be able to finally hear.
New mother, former Chiefs cheerleader, breast cancer patient
The statistic is sobering: One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Brandy Reed was a newlywed and a new mom to 4-month-old Jackson when her life took a completely unexpected turn.
Saint Luke’s Vein Clinic Gets Kickboxer’s Legs in Fighting Form
Shanon Wolfe's varicose vein troubles were more than cosmetic. Although her legs didn’t hurt at the end of the day, more and more often they felt heavy and tired. It began interfering with her kickboxing.
Mother of two, singer of hymns, breast cancer patient
The 37-year-old Chillicothe wife and mother had two active teen boys, a full-time job, and had recently returned to college for to earn dual majors in business administration and organizational leadership. Then one day she felt a lump in her breast.
Two surgical Teams Save Pregnant Mom With Marfan Syndrome

Beth O’Connor hoped the sharp, searing pain that started in her chest and shot down to her belly was labor pangs and not her aortic artery coming a

Retired science teacher, cup-half-full seeker, breast cancer patient
The statistic is sobering: One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Ruby Walker was 47 years old when a doctor discovered a lump during a wellness exam.
After nine lung doctors, James Seymore finds relief in rehab at Saint Luke’s East Hospital
For three decades, breathing troubles followed James Seymore as he and his wife moved from one place to another. Hear how getting a tenth opinion changed his life.
Sallie Wickens is Back in the Saddle Thanks to Saint Luke’s
As Sallie Wickens boarded the LifeFlight helicopter in Climax Springs, Missouri, in June 2012, she had no idea it would be the last leg of a journey that started when she was 5 years old.
Fast Care Gets Golfer Back on Course
Every second of a stroke kills 32,000 brain cells. Pete Woods knew that as he dropped to the ground while playing golf on the course alone.
Saint Luke’s Helps Stage IV Colon Cancer Patient Stay in the Game
As 37-year-old Diamon Masterson watched his doctor study his CT scan results, he could tell from a puff of air that escaped the doctor’s mouth that the news was bad.
Wife’s Demand Saves Husband’s Life

Just before his 60th birthday, Joe VonHolt was lunching with his wife, Bev, when he had a bout of what he thought was indigestion.

TAVR: Sisters get Innovative Treatment at Saint Luke’s
Saint Luke’s dedication to research means more patients have alternatives to care—like Hilda Lankard and Agnes Lickteig.
Some Nerve, Radio Frequency Technology Gives Wellington Woman Relief From Intractable Pain
For three years, Linda Braxdale endured throbbing pain in her lower back and down her left leg. The pain and frustration often left her feeling helpless and defeated—and reduced to tears.
School Project May Have Saved Student’s Life, Thanks to Saint Luke’s
Like most high school seniors, Samsson Destahun was more interested in sports than health care. Hear how a school project may have saved his life and given him more interest in health care at the same time.
STAR Program®: Rehab Helps Cancer Patient get Back in the Game

Surviving cancer wasn’t an ambitious enough goal for Rebecca Johnson. The Children’s Mercy Hospital psychologist wanted her energy back.

Special screening uncovers potentially fatal problem in a ‘healthy’ young executive
Joel DeBoer could have been a model for a fitness ad. The active father of three teenagers felt great and enjoyed biking, hiking, skiing, and rock climbing with his family.