After being diagnosed with colorectal cancer at 39 years old, Samantha Leos learned a valuable lesson – live life in the moment.
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Surgery saves young armed forces translator
After years of experiencing stomach pain and cramping, Naqibullah Laghmanai finally uncovered the source of his symptoms. He was diagnosed with familial adenomatous polyposis. With the help of his colorectal surgeon, he was able to find relief. Read his health care journey.
Weight loss surgery helps Houstonian get life back on track
After dealing with several underlying conditions due to his weight, a UT Physicians employee decided to seek out the help of his co-workers.
Diagnosis of colon cancer spurs Fulshear man and his family to action
After his shocking diagnosis of stage 3 colon cancer, Keith Rollins and his family were determined to educate others about the disease.
Long-term managed care an asset for osteoporosis patient
For over a decade, Janet Ives has received personalized care thanks to the osteoporosis program at UT Physicians Center for Healthy Aging - Bellaire.
Finding hope from afar
After doctors in her country confirmed her unborn child's diagnosis of congenital diaphragmatic hernia, Andrea sought out UT Physicians experts for help.
Student uses inspiration of a time she couldn’t speak to bring a voice to others
After a rare neurological condition called Landua-Kleffner-Syndrome stole her ability to speak or hear, Caroline Love's mother sought the help of an expert.
Transgender woman experiences new lease on life
Audrie Siegel of Austin, Texas, was ready to make a change and sought the expertise of Dr. Daniel Freet with UT Physicians to perform her gender affirmation surgery.
Richmond man recovers from rare form of skin cancer
Timothy Vance thought he had an ingrown hair or cyst. What he really had was a rare form of skin cancer.
Wellness classes lead to healthier lifestyle for patient
After receiving multiple diagnoses that threatened her health, Charlene Jefferson decided to prioritize her health by attending wellness classes.
Diabetes and COVID-19 – a complicated combination
Steroid medication, commonly used to treat COVID-19, can cause a rise in glucose levels, which can be challenging for patients with diabetes.
Diagnosis a shock for breast cancer patient
After being diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer, Sherri Comeaux bravely took on her health care journey with the help of her family and surgeon.
Daughter’s diagnosis leads mom to become a spina bifida champion
Before she was born, Ruby was diagnosed with myelomeningocele, a severe form of spina bifida in which a small fluid sac grows on the spine. A multidisciplinary team of specialists at UT Physicians is working together to provide the expert care she needs to lead a full life.
Breast cancer patient discovers her inner strength
Angela "Angie" Rodriguez had no family history of breast cancer but knew time was of the essence in charting her course of treatment.
Young boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy an inspiration to family
After an initial meeting with a new pediatrician, Sam Lujan was diagnosed with a rare condition - Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Houston man’s close call with colon cancer inspires wife to advocate for importance of screening
After her husband's surgery to remove a cancerous polyp, Brenda Sanders became an inspirational advocate for colon cancer screenings.
Placenta accreta month: Novel approach to life-threatening pregnancy condition allows woman to have “miracle child” after loss
Margarita Saavedra was 35 years old and 18 weeks pregnant with her second child when she fainted at the doctor’s office after receiving the news that she might need to have a hysterectomy to remove her uterus.
Grandfather of 14 survives life-threatening aortic dissection
Lawrence Godfrey woke up one day and knew something wasn't right. Thankfully, doctors were able to quick diagnose and treat his aortic dissection.
One step at a time: Knee replacement surgeries allow patient to enjoy active lifestyle
After having two knee replacement surgeries during the pandemic, Marcia Gould can now get back to her active lifestyle.
Georgetown resident benefits from latest methods in surgery and telemedicine
Living hours away from the Texas Medical Center didn't stop Franz Schubert from connecting with his surgeon before his heart procedure.
Sickle cell patient focuses on faith and family to manage disease
Sickle cell patient, Noami Wesson, has found self-care and focusing on her faith and family to be the best medicines for managing her disease.
A PATH to progress: A program to help children with struggles
The PATH program is a unique day treatment program designed to meet the needs of children and adolescents with complex medical illnesses and behavioral challenges. With a lot of guidance and personalized support, Joshua completed the PATH program and built some meaningful relationships with peers.
A family’s story of cleft care from infancy to childhood
Megan Harvey has been a patient of the Texas Cleft-Craniofacial Team at UT Physicians since her birth to treat her cleft lip and palate.
Active senior bounces back from major surgery
Leslie Barnings-Joyce broke her femur but it didn't set her back for long. Thanks to the team at UT Physicians, she's back to enjoying her active lifestyle.
5-year-old rebounds after life-changing surgery
Edison Clinger can now focus his energy on school and playing "fireman," thanks to a successful surgery at UT Physicians to make his cerebral palsy more manageable.
Bypass surgery allows patient to get back on beat
Edwina Lewis is back to teaching music just six months after her coronary artery bypass surgery with Dr. Cesar Nahas, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon.