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Ten Reasons to Quit Smoking for Good

12/01/2014 | StoriesWellnessSafety

You know smoking can increase your risk of certain diseases, including lung cancer and heart disease, but it may still be difficult to kick this addicting habit. Besides all of the damaging health effects, smoking has a negative impact on your life in many ways. Here are ten reasons to quit smoking for good: To save money. The average smoker spends around $5,000 each year on cigarettes. In addition to the amount of extra cash you’ll have in your pocket when you stop buying cigarettes, you’ll…

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Bev’s Story | Beating Breast Cancer

07/10/2012 | StoriesPatient StoriesTreatments & ServicesCancer

Bev Wagner knew the importance of regular check-ups to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is why every year for about the past 20 years, Bev visited her doctor for regular mammograms. However, after a regularly scheduled check-up Bev received a phone call immediately following her routine mammogram. Bev knew this wasn’t normal and something wasn’t right - she was correct. At the age of 73, Bev was diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is…

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MLK Once Asked: “What Are You Doing for Others?”

01/14/2012 | StoriesStories of Strength

As the day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. approaches, let’s consider a question he once put to us: Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?' With this simple question, Dr. King calls on us all to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and strengthen our community. Though these aims may seem overwhelming, even the smallest gesture can make a difference, such as shoveling the snow from your elderly neighbor’s sidewalk or…

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Ella’s Story

11/07/2011 | StoriesPatient StoriesStories of Strength

Imagine adopting a daughter and as you're welcoming this little girl into your family, you discover she have serious health issues. The dream of a happy, healthy child playing in the yard quickly turns to the reality of a child who's in need of major medical care. This is the story of Ella. When Ella was adopted, her mother noticed her lips, fingers and toes were purple. She also had difficulty doing things normal children her age did. Any time a parent learns there's something wrong…

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Holden’s Story | Overcoming A Tumor Inside His Spine

10/07/2011 | StoriesPatient StoriesStories of Strength

Spunky does not even begin to describe Holden Harless. Full of curiosity and energy, he rushes into each new experience with an enthusiasm that is rarely seen, even in an 8-year-old boy. As he and his family visited the Indianapolis Colts practice field in preparation for the Riley Coin Toss Kid event, he darted from place to place taking photos like a true shutterbug. It is that energy, along with his tenacity, that helped Holden recover from a tumor inside his spine. At the age 2, Holden began…

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Calista’s Story | Standing Up to Back Pain

10/05/2011 | StoriesPatient StoriesStories of StrengthTreatments & ServicesNeuroscienceOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

From time to time, we all experience aches and pains. But for Calista White, severe back pain was part of her daily life. Calista was born with a congenital muscle and spine disorder that causes her to ache and limits her mobility. And her pain only worsened when her spine began to collapse and pinch her nerves. “It feels like you shouldn’t be standing up,” she explained, “It is like someone has a sharp sword down your leg.” Eventually, Calista decided to stand up to…

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Meet David - A Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program (Non-Surgical) Patient

09/23/2011 | StoriesPatient StoriesWellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Meet David. He is a patient in the IU Health Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss "Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program", which is our non-surgical weight loss program. Follow his journey on our blog and our Patient Stories website page. He also has his own blog (, which he encourages you to visit.  Meet David Here is his story: I went to my family doctor for back pain on April 28th, 2011, where they weighed me on their fancy-dancy scale at 412 pounds...four hundred...and twelve...pounds;…

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Cory’s Story

06/21/2011 | StoriesPatient StoriesStories of Strength

Most people don’t survive car accidents like the one that nearly took Cory Suits’ life. The last thing he remembers is sitting in the middle of the back seat of the car he was riding in, looking down and then seeing the street light. "A couple seconds later we were all upside down fighting for our lives," he says about his horrific car accident on April 20, 2007. The Indiana University Health LifeLine team transported Cory to the Level I Trauma Center at IU Health Methodist Hospital.…

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A New Life After Living Kidney Transplant

05/12/2011 | StoriesStories of Strength

Chronic kidney disease affects one in eight people. If you're one of them, you know how exhausting dialysis can be, and maybe you even know what it's like to wait for a new organ. Cecilia Livingston from Franklin, Ind., is one of those people. After years of struggling with diabetes, Cecilia realized her kidney was failing and that she needed a transplant. Her husband, David, was a suitable living kidney donor but not a match for Cecilia. That's where the Alliance for Paired Donation…

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7-year-old boy collecting Pillow Pets for Riley patients

03/14/2011 | StoriesStories of StrengthCancer

Jake McConahay is in the fight for his life, but he’s not letting it stop him from brightening up others’ lives. The 7-year-old boy, a patient at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, is battling stage IV of an aggressive and rare form of cancer, Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. The doctors have not given Jake a good prognosis, but the Westfield boy is still undergoing regular chemotherapy treatments. “He’s taken it pretty well, but it’s been a very fast…

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