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BRCA genetic testing one option for breast cancer patients

BRCA gene therapy testing

Since a December diagnosis of invasive ductal carcinoma — the most common type of breast cancer — Nancy Scarpelli says the most difficult part of her journey has been waiting.

Nancy met in January with Jackie Osland, MD, breast surgeon with Breast Care Specialists, a subdivision of Wichita Surgical Specialists, and general surgery residency program director for Ascension Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita.

Breast cancer takes young survivor on an unexpected journey

Misty Frank breast cancer survivor

In May 2011, Misty Frank celebrated her 30th birthday and several weeks later started her new job as a project engineer at Hawker Beechcraft.

After less than two weeks on the job, she developed an aching feeling in her breast, which she initially dismissed to muscle soreness from working out.

By the time the weekend rolled around, she discovered the source of the pain — a lump in her left breast.

Via Christi Villages creates peace of mind for families of aging loved ones

Via Christi Villages resident Maxine Poole

Deborah Ziegler comes into Via Christi Village on Broadmoor in Wichita with her grandson on her hip, a Dalmatian puppy on a leash and her smiling granddaughter in tow. 
“Hi Mom,” she says to Maxine Poole. 

Maxine smiles at Deborah when she sees her daughter and her face lights up when her eyes rest on 10-year-old Kelsey, her great-granddaughter, and Shane, her 9-month-old great-grandson. 

Knee replacement surgery gives woman new lease on life

Knee replacement patient Wanda Groves

In her 60s and 70s, Wanda Groves set statewide running records for her age group, 11 of which still stand.

When she turned 80, she and her friends rode 80 miles on their bikes to mark the occasion.

At 89, the retired physical education and music teacher continued to be active, riding 18-plus miles every other week with a local cycling group.

“But it got to where my knees were hurting all the time,” says Groves, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday. “I couldn’t even mow my own lawn.”

Close-to-home ER ‘truly saved my life’

Via Christi ER patient Paul Morris

Last fall, Paul Morris had just gotten home from a Shrine event in Kingman when he became severely ill. When the abdominal pain and vomiting stopped four days later, he thought whatever it was had passed.
A month later, he was in the basement of his west Wichita home when suddenly, he says, “I felt my stomach explode.”
His wife, Marsha, rushed him to the nearby Ascension Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa, hoping he would be seen quickly.

Baby Willa returns to her family after three months in the NICU

Baby Willa spent three months in the NICU at Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph

Living in Anthony, Kan. — a small town whose hospital doesn’t offer maternity services — Tavish and Mitchell “Mitch” Hall knew they would need to come to Wichita for their prenatal and hospital care.

After reviewing their options, they told obstetrician Janey Maki, MD, that they wanted to deliver the twins they were expecting in January at Ascension Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa.

“The west location was so convenient for us,” says Mitch, who grew up in Anthony, about 60 miles southwest of Wichita.

Young father gets ‘second chance’ after stroke

Jesse Howard young stroke patient

Jesse Moore’s daughter loves Disney Princesses, and the Wichita stay-at-home dad knows all of their names.

“There’s Tiana, Snow White, Ariel, Aurora …” he says, pointing to the figurines Rachel has lined up on the living room coffee table. “…Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan. I can sing all of their songs if you want me to.”

While typical for many parents, this knowledge and recitation is remarkable for Jesse, who suffered a life-threatening stroke five months ago at age 34.

Mercy's volunteers make the hospital a better place to be

Erma McManis is a familiar face around Mercy Regional Health Center. That’s where you’ll find her, six to eight hours a day, a whopping six days a week. She does just about anything the hospital needs: delivering mail and newspapers, ushering people in to see new parents and babies in the Birth and Women’s Center, lending a hand in the class for joint replacement patients.

Rehab helps young stroke survivor regain her independence

Cristine Howard stroke patient

Gripping a fork in her left hand and table knife in her right, Cristine Howard concentrates on the bright orange blob in front of her.

“Pretend the putty is a juicy steak and cut it into bite-size pieces,” says Angela Hull, occupational therapist at Ascension Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital in Wichita.

Bariatric surgery has her ‘living life instead of dreaming about it’

Via Christi Weight Management patient Tammy Metzger

Five years, Tammy Metzger took a long, hard look at herself in the mirror. Staring back was an overweight, 40-year-old woman she didn’t know — one who hated grocery shopping, trying on clothes and being in almost any social situation.

“I had put a lot into my career and being a single mom, and I just lost myself,” says Tammy, now 44 and 130 pounds lighter than when she began Ascension Via Christi Weight Management’s bariatric surgery program.


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