Patient Stories

Heather Cox

02/27/2015 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Heather, an Evansville nurse battled hip pain for years. When her pain got to the point where she was only sleeping two hours a night, Heather knew it was time to do something about it. Heather connected with IU Health orthopedic surgeon Todd McKinley, MD to learn more about her options, which lead to…

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Derek Maish

01/27/2015 | Heart & Vascular

As a husband, father and musician, 38-year-old Derek Maish of Lafayette, Indiana, considers himself blessed. He’s following his heart and turning his love for music into a regular gig as a drummer with the modern country band, The Levi Riggs Band. Among his biggest fans are his wife, Robyn, and…

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Adam Schrader

01/07/2015 | Heart & Vascular

Adam Schrader knows how to push himself, despite living with a heart condition and the limitations that go with it. The 35-year-old Columbia City, Indiana, resident says he’s always been a man of action who wants to live life. “I’ve always pushed myself to be as normal as possible,”…

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Skyler Auker-Hicks

12/08/2014 | Pediatrics

Skyler Auker-Hicks leads a life that’s pretty typical for a 17-year-old: she loves hanging out with her friends; she a good student whose favorite classes are physical education, choir, and history; and she’s looking forward to going to college and being more independent.   Given the…

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Carol Leonard & Rick Burke

12/06/2014 | Heart & Vascular

It’s not unusual that Carol Leonard, 61, and her son Rick Burke, 42, have a lot in common—parents and children often do. Carol and Rick, who live on Indianapolis’ West side, believe in hard work, taking care of family and doing what you have to in order to handle speed bumps that show…

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Flo Bear

12/06/2014 | Heart & Vascular

Flo Bear, a 36-year-old, stay-at-home mom from Fort Wayne, Ind., doesn’t have to look further than her 2½-year-old daughter Georgia for a reason to be thankful for good doctors and modern medicine. Although she was born healthy, Georgia was seven weeks early and had to spend the first 30…

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Liz Breakfield

12/06/2014 | Pulmonology & Respiratory Care

Teenage rebellion is certainly nothing new, and parents know all too well it can stomp through a family’s life in all kinds of ways. Liz Breakfield and her mom, Theresa Owens, started butting heads soon after Theresa’s marriage to Liz’s step-dad Anthony. The marriage meant a move to…

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Kendra Perry

11/26/2014 | Gastroenterology

When Kendra Perry lived in Florida 12 years ago, she started to feel sickly. Each day, she was overcome with fatigue. Each day, she didn’t know why she was in so much pain. Each day, she felt terrible. At the time, the 27-year-old was coaching her son’s baseball and soccer team. She played…

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Adam Berkemeier

11/26/2014 | Neurology & Neurosurgery

Adam Berkemeier’s never been one to shy away from working hard to get a job done. It’s a trait that led him to excel as a football and baseball player at his Rushville, Indiana, high school, and then as a member of the Army’s 82nd Airborne. Serving his country as a paratrooper, he found…

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Ron Christensen

11/26/2014 | Ear, Nose & Throat

For 73-year-old Ron Christensen, retirement hasn’t meant settling into a recliner. The former banker says he’s always been in good health and admits he likes being on the go. “I’m an active person,” says the lifelong Indianapolis resident. “I’m out and about…

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