Patient Stories

July 3, 2018

Bluegrass Legend Raymond Fairchild is Back to Pickin’ His Banjo after CarePartners Rehab

It was news that devastated the local community, as well as bluegrass lovers around the world. In August 2017, renowned banjo player and Canton resident Raymond Fairchild was seriously injured when his riding lawnmower overturned on him. The mower caused him to sustain lacerations, broken bones and a mild brain injury. Fairchild was treated in […]

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July 3, 2018

Happy Campers – Special Retreat Offers Support for Stroke Survivors and Their Caregivers

Marylee Nunley, whose husband survived a stroke, realized her dream of starting a camp for stroke survivors and their families in 2004. What began as a single camp in Illinois has grown into Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp, a national network of stroke camps with the mission of improving the quality of life for stroke […]

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July 3, 2018

Helping Kids with Tourette Syndrome Regain Confidence – A New Tic Protocol

Kelly Hughes’ son Aidan, age 12, has Tourette syndrome, and as a result has experienced tics throughout most of his childhood. Over time, he developed more complex tics, as well as co-occurring conditions like ADHD and OCD. As diagnoses piled up, and doctors continued offering the family new theories and suggestions as to how to […]

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June 8, 2018

How Kelly’s Legs Went from Varicose Veins to Very Pretty

Kelly Kranker, 39, felt like her legs belonged to a much older person. Her varicose veins initially appeared with her first pregnancy. After she delivered, the swelling improved. However, Kranker, still had some swelling, pain and prominent varicose veins. She was exploring treatment options at The Vein Specialists of Carolina Vascular, an affiliate of Mission […]

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May 25, 2018

This Machine Is Saving Lives – Barbara Stott’s ECMO Story

Those are the words of Barbara Stott of Columbus. It’s a statement she can make with full certainty. In August 2016, she aspirated following heart surgery, causing her lungs to fail. Fortunately for her, Mission Hospital had recently acquired an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine that assists heart and lung functioning. Stott was placed in […]

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May 10, 2018

“Overwhelming Gratitude” – Brad Campbell’s Message of Thanks to Nurse John Devan

Every day, Brad Campbell looks in the mirror at the “scar of gratitude” on his neck, which tells the story of his life-changing accident and all of the team members and nurses who helped him through it. After a severe biking accident in Transylvania County landed avid cyclist and Asheville resident Brad in Mission Hospital, […]

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April 10, 2018

A Thank You Note to the Team at Mission Breast Center

When Sharon Boyd sent a hand-written message of appreciation to the team at Mission Breast Center, it warmed their hearts. We are humbled and honored to share Sharon’s note here: I am writing to express my thanks and gratitude to the wonderful staff at Mission Breast Center. Over the past couple months, I had several […]

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April 4, 2018

“Anything I Need” – Peggy and Other Seniors Rely on CarePartners PACE Transportation

When it comes to getting healthcare services, transportation is a necessity for today’s seniors. To remain independent, older adults need a safe, reliable way to get to their appointments – which is where CarePartners PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) proves invaluable. Not only does the comprehensive program help seniors manage their healthcare […]

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March 14, 2018

“Things Didn’t Seem Right” – A Colonoscopy Saved Lu Anne’s Life

Colin Bird, MD, a surgeon at Regional Surgical Specialists, an affiliate of Mission Health, and the only board-certified colorectal surgeon in western North Carolina, has seen this time and again, not just in published statistics, but among his own patients. “Colorectal cancer can be preventable,” he said. “The key to it being preventable is early […]

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January 19, 2018

Vision Rehab Helps Kathleen Recover from Brain Hemorrhage

Alexander resident Kathleen Johnson has goals. At the top of her list is driving. Next up is a return to teaching yoga. And then there are a host of everyday activities – areas in which she wants to regain full independence. Her husband, Michael, believes she’ll get there. “She’s a very determined person,” he said. […]

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