Thousands of patients, thousands of stories ... each one as personal and unique as the cancer they faced. They all have at least two things in common though, their courageous attitude and the power of The Mercy Touch® at every step.
Breast Cancer Stories
In keeping with tradition at Hall-Perrine, Suzanne Staab – with family, friends and Mercy staff by her side – rings a bell to signify the end of her cancer treatment. Watch her story.
When 35-year-old Krista Barnell discovered a lump in her breast during a self-exam, she initially wrote it off. The healthy mother of two never imagined it was cancer. Read more on page 14 or watch her story on YouTube.
Maria Bowman was running when she experienced some unusual pain. She found a lump on her breast and, three weeks later, was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer.
Pauline Mason was living life – enjoying her job, grown children and grandchildren and looking forward to retirement in a few years. Then she heard the “C” word.
Fighting breast cancer alone is one fear patients at Mercy Women’s Center will never have to face. No one knows that better than Jerrie Bourgo, Cedar Rapids.
Brita Loynachan has the heart and drive of a champion. She's the mother of three and an accomplished triathlete. It's that desire to forge ahead and win that helped her overcome a battle against breast cancer.
Kathie McWhirter considers herself blessed. The warm, friendly Mt. Pleasant woman sees only the silver lining of any cloud on her horizon. Even breast cancer.
When breast cancer survivor Melinda Tomsic completed Thrive, Mercy’s cancer fitness & wellness program, she was eight lbs. lighter and 3" smaller around the waist.
For some, adversity transforms, turning pain and loss into compassionate outreach. Renee Smith is such a person.
Rebecca Jacobs was pondering champagne choices at the grocery store for a New Year’s Eve party she and her husband would be hosting that night when her doctor called.
Lorraine Irwin knows how to take care of herself. Since childhood, she's been a responsible, reliable caregiver for her family and, later, her husband.
Most people take for granted the ability to easily raise their arms over their head. But Sandy Likes has a new appreciation for that simple act.
Colon Cancer Stories
During her second honeymoon, Linda started to get symptoms "a lady my age shouldn’t be getting any more." After her first-ever surgery, sad news. “Oh my goodness, CANCER!”
Jeanette Ernst has made it through half a dozen procedures and close brushes with death. But, it’s her 1992 battle with colon cancer that still haunts her today. Read more on page 17.
Lung Cancer Stories
Jodie Bennett was dealing with a nasty cough in early 2009. As a nurse and mother of two young children, it was slowing her down. She stopped at a walk-in clinic to get checked out.
Update: See how Jodie has continued to beat the odds years after here cancer treatment.
Pancreatic Cancer Stories
Jim Rollins is no stranger to cancer. In late 2011 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His prognosis wasn’t good, but in an effort to defy the odds Jim went through chemotherapy, 31 rounds of radiation treatments and surgery.
Tiffany Kuehl’s eyes are tear-filled, flooded with concern for her daughter. Crystal Kuehl’s are steely, reflecting determination and a tenacious spirit. Crystal was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at age 20. Read part 1 and part 2.
Frank Benesh was larger than life. He had a deep laugh and resonating voice, but most of all, he had an enormous heart that reverberated with compassion for others – particularly for those with cancer and their families.
Christine Kircher waged a strategic battle against what she thought was her nemesis - heart disease. Instead, just after her 50th birthday, Chris received the shocking news that she was fighting pancreatic cancer.
Brain Cancer Stories
Two to four weeks. That’s how much time James Robinson, 49, Cedar Rapids, was given to live. That was 10 years ago. Today, he’s celebrating a decade of survival.
Glands Cancer Stories
In his woodworking shop, Ted Beuter is familiar with the importance of precision and patience. The final result is always a masterpiece.
Harvey Miller's pro-active, can-do approach to life has served him well many times, but perhaps none so well as when he faced a cancer diagnosis.
As Ericka Johnson’s excitement about the impending birth of her baby girl grew, so did her nagging cough. About two weeks from her delivery date, the North Liberty resident went to MercyCare North Liberty Urgent Care for some relief from her cough.
Two heads (or more) are always better than one, especially during a critical illness. Mike Hoyt had some of the best medical heads at Mercy caring for him. And, he had Mr. Potato Head. Read Part 1 and Part 2.
Head & Neck Cancer Stories
A bothersome toothache sent Scott Anderson to his dentist. Whatever the pain was, the dentist determined it wasn’t coming from his teeth. A lump appeared in Scott’s throat just days later. Read more on page 4.
Other Cancer Stories
Planning to visit the new Hall-Perrine Cancer Center upon its completion, Father Vern Schueller speaks at a recent event about his unexpected encounter ... as a patient.