Saint Luke's Stories

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Dogs On Call: Canines Bring Comfort and Joy to Saint Luke’s Hospice House
An Australian shepherd/boxer mix, Molly is one of the pet therapy pooches that—along with her human, Alexis Martin—elevate spirits around Saint Luke’s Hospice House.
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.
ECMO saves mans life after battling influenza
Since 2009, Saint Luke’s has used Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) to save the lives of more than 95 people who were facing cardiac or respiratory failure.
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.