Patient Stories

August 10, 2017

The Search for a Diagnosis – Genetic Testing Helped a Family Uncover Their Son’s Disease

Whoever coined the phrase “ignorance is bliss” never talked to Stephanie Needham of Arden. When her son, Austin Price, was born in 2005, something was clearly wrong — but his doctors didn’t know exactly what. Every condition Austin was tested for came back negative. Questions from the Start As soon as Austin and his twin […]

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August 9, 2017

Four Ways to Find the Best Care – Ted’s Tips after “Seeking Excellence” for His Heart Surgery

Healthcare is personal — especially when it comes to your heart. That’s why you want care that suits — not only you — but your family and support system, too. So how did one Mission Health patient who came to Asheville from Charleston, South Carolina, choose Mission Heart for his heart care? He did his […]

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June 22, 2017

From Cancer Patient to Cancer Center Volunteer – Mark’s Story

By Calvin Mabry Time is often taken for granted. Getting a cancer diagnosis can change that. As Mark Van Houten can attest, time then becomes the most gracious thing any one person can give. Mark, a retired self-described telephone man (BellSouth) from Alabama, is an Air Force veteran with an affinity for Auburn football, old […]

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June 13, 2017

A Shift in Thinking – Sharing Tips for Success after Winning at Weight Loss

By Cheri Hinshelwood A significant turning point in Greg Lisenbee’s lifelong weight-loss battle came while listening to the welcome speaker at Mission Weight Management Center’s free information session two years ago. She was a remarkably self-assured woman, who at one time carried an extra 70 pounds. “I was inspired to follow her example,” said Lisenbee, […]

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May 11, 2017

“They Are the Backbone of the Hospital” – A Family Pays Tribute to Nurses Who Went Above and Beyond

By Nancy Lindell As a parent, one of the worst nightmares is having to take your child to the emergency room. There is fear – both yours and your child’s – and thankfully there are nurses to help ease that fear. Such was the case for Amy Ward when she had to bring her 6-year-old […]

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May 9, 2017

“They Became Our Family” – A Mother’s Story of Extraordinary Nurses in the NICU

By Nancy Lindell Every mom imagines her birth experience, what it will be like, along with the anticipation of meeting her new baby. For the Jacobsen family and others, that birth experience wasn’t exactly what they expected. Kelley Jacobsen gave birth at 29 weeks to daughter Ella on June 7, 2011. Ella weighed in at […]

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March 14, 2017

His Decision to Have Bariatric Surgery was Lifesaving – Tips from a Weight-Loss Journey

By Jason Schneider With their daughter, Charlie Jo, a year and half old, Todd Israel and his wife, Jennifer, decided around the end of 2014 to have another child. Israel attended a free information session at Mission Weight Management, and after going to the orientation in March, he “decided to go all in” — he […]

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March 3, 2017

Surviving Colorectal Cancer – One Man’s Journey

By Jason Schneider Fall 2015 was a stressful time for Anthony Moore of Asheville. That’s why he didn’t, at first, think the abdominal pain and diarrhea he was experiencing was anything serious. “I wrote it off for a week or so, but it probably went on for two-plus weeks,” he said. “And I was overdue […]

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February 17, 2017

What is Code STEMI? Quick Heart Attack Response Could Save Your Life

By Jennifer Sellers During a heart attack, time loss is muscle loss, said Angela Solesbee, RN, CCCC, STEMI Coordinator for Mission Heart. Delayed treatment can increase damage to the heart muscle and also increase the risk of death. In the past, this was a particular danger for heart attack patients who live and work in […]

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December 27, 2016

Heart of a Woman – How a Local OB/GYN is Using Her Heart Attack to Educate Other Women

By Jennifer Sellers At 56, retired OB/GYN Carole Saltzman, MD, was in overall good health. However, there were a few warning signs. She had a long history of high blood pressure, which she had recently had difficulty managing due to treatment of a back condition. In addition, her lipid panel from her last checkup showed […]

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