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At-Home Screening Test Allowed Sherry Jansma’s Doctors to Find Colon Cancer Before it Spread

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 11. Aug, 2014 | 0 Comments

At first, San Diego native Sherry Jansma paid no mind to the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) that Kaiser Permanente mailed to her house to screen for colon cancer. After all, her previous screening tests had come back clear, and she had no family history of cancer. After a few days, Sherry reminded herself that Kaiser Permanente recommends adults age 50 … more

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With Kaiser Permanente’s Help, Ann and Dan Dow Set Sail for New Horizons

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 28. Jul, 2014 | 0 Comments

For many years, Ann Dow dreamt of sailing the world with her husband, Dan, on deck the Morning Star, their 25-ft. Coronado wooden sailboat. In 2006, they were forced to put that dream on hold when her safety line failed and she fell 55 feet, straight down to the deck, breaking her ribs, shoulders, back, hips, and fingers. After several … more

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Kaiser Permanente Helps Len Laviolette Recover From Colon Cancer

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 19. Jun, 2014 | 0 Comments

Len Laviolette, a land surveyor from San Diego, California, was getting winded too easily at work. He went to Kaiser Permanente to get checked out. That evening, he was called back to the facility and had a colonoscopy in the early hours of the morning. Shortly after the procedure, Len learned he had colon cancer. He then met Amilcar Exume, … more

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In Person as well as Virtually, Mental Health Services Help Sherry Pasedag Get Back on Track

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 13. May, 2014 | 0 Comments

When a management change caused a drastic shift in Sherry Pasedag’s work life, the Georgia native was overcome by feelings of nervousness and anxiety. Under the new management, she dealt daily with the fear of losing her job. The stress weighing on her mental health had physical side effects, too. “I would wake up shaking in the middle of the … more

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Seven Years After Being Diagnosed With Colon Cancer, Elsie Garcia is in Full Remission and Thriving

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 12. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sixty seven-year-old Elsie Garcia has always taken cancer prevention seriously. Each year when Kaiser Permanente mailed her an at-home colon cancer screening test, she completed it immediately and looked forward to clear results. In 2007, Elsie’s results came back positive. The at-home screening, called a fecal immunochemical test (FIT), uses a stool sample to detect a wide array of colon … more

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Home Screening Test Saves Al Prado’s Life

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 10. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

Colorado native Al Prado admits he has a stubborn side. But during a routine physical, his Kaiser Permanente physician Sue Williams, MD, convinced him to mail in his at-home Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) to screen for colon cancer. Al kept his commitment—and just in time. When the FIT results came back positive, Al agreed to a follow-up colonoscopy. During the … more

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Kaiser Permanente Helps Don Conkling Manage High Blood Pressure the Natural Way

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 24. Feb, 2014 | 0 Comments

Every man in Don Conkling’s family has struggled with high blood pressure. After more than 40 years of dealing with the condition himself, Don decided to take control of his health. Don sought the guidance of Shandra Yoshimi, MD, at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center, to get a clear picture of the steps he could take to achieve his health goals. Dr. Yoshimi outlined … more

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Roxanne Living with HIV and Thriving, with Support from Her Care Team

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 30. Dec, 2013 | 1 Comment

Kaiser Permanente member Roxanne Hanna-Ware works in the human services field, advocating for HIV-positive people every day. However, she felt an alarming amount of guilt and shame when she received her own positive diagnosis in 1998. “It was something I didn’t want to deal with,” she said. “And I just kept it a secret.” But she found solace in her … more

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Aladin Abdelnaby Regains His Strength After Spinal Fusion Surgery

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured on 02. Dec, 2013 | 1 Comment

It has been nearly two years since Aladin Abdelnaby began feeling weakness in his arms and legs. The weakness progressed, and by the time Aladin made an appointment with his physician at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, he could barely get out of a chair. His Kaiser Permanente physician referred him to neurosurgeon Vartan Tashjian, MD. Dr. Tashjian recommended a … more

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Kaiser Permanente Teaches Sheaffer Skadsen to Manage Her Juvenile Diabetes

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 25. Nov, 2013 | 2 Comments

After experiencing weight loss, getting headaches and feeling unwell, sixth-grader Sheaffer Skadsen was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. The pre-teen took the news in stride, said Sara Bell, MD, a Kaiser Permanente pediatrician in Vancouver, Washington. Sheaffer’s diabetes is “like breathing,” said Dr. Bell. “She knows what to do.” A Kaiser Permanente team comprised of Dr. Bell, a registered nurse and … more