Patient Perspectives

Finding the Power to Fight Cancer—From Within
Using his own immune system to fight chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Russell Powell credits CAR T-cell therapy with helping him battle cancer.
An 80 Pound Weight Loss and Life Gain Thanks to Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery
Fed up with the yo-yo dieting cycle, feeling like all she was losing was hope, a webinar led Henrietta to getting sleeve gastrectomy surgery and a new lease on life.
What Happened When a Rare Neuro Disorder Cut My Vacation Short
What was supposed to be a dream vacation turned into a nightmare for 27-year-old Morgan Smith.
An Ironman Athlete Gets a Second Chance at Life After Bike Accident
An Ironman athlete was sure he could face anything until one fateful summer day when he crashed his bike into a downed tree and couldn't feel anything beneath his neck.
Why MANNA Matters as Part of My Healthcare
South Philly resident Peter Clayton is 80 years old, diabetic, on oxygen 24/7 and sometimes can't even walk five feet before needing a break. Here, he shares the comfort in receiving meals from MANNA for himself and his wife.
Connected Heart, Soul – and Kidney
Two twenty-somethings share a living donor journey and tattoos to remember the life-saving adventure.
This Throat Cancer Survivor and Laryngectomy Patient Cheers on the Phillies as a Hostess
A laryngectomy to battle throat cancer didn’t stop Barbara Kuhn from pursuing her dream retirement job – being a hostess for the Phillies.
When Gina Decided to Save Herself
Women who are pregnant with opioid use disorder not only need to battle the disease of addiction, but also the stigma that threatens both their lives and that of their unborn children.
It Happened to Me: An Overdue Dentist Visit Revealed Mouth Cancer
What started out for John Wilson as a long-procrastinated trip to the dentist for a simple check-up ended in a surreal odyssey through the complexities of head and neck cancer.
My Son Gave His Life and Saved Others
Christine Royal lost her son Shamir to gun violence, a month shy of his 21st birthday. She shares why she made the decision to donate his organs and how giving to others has helped her throughout the healing process.
From Grouch to Proud of My Pouch
Anna Hughes was in her early twenties when her Crohn’s disease changed the course of her life forever. Here, she writes about the lessons in strength and beauty she gleaned through her struggle and eventual peace with her medical journey.