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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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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 05. Mar, 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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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

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Terry McMaster Fought Back Against Type 2 Diabetes

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Uncategorized on 01. Nov, 2013 | 1 Comment

It started out as an ordinary doctor’s appointment. Terry McMaster visited a Kaiser Permanente physician in preparation for the birth of his grandson. But after Deb Friesen, MD, met with him and administered tests, he soon learned he had type 2 diabetes. Terry admits that he didn’t pay attention to his new diagnosis. “After she told me, I kind of … more

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Sandra Orozco’s Persistence Results in Lifesaving Screening

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Get To Know Us, Prevention on 08. Oct, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sandra Orozco’s life-saving mission began with a simple request from her patient … more

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Richard-Curtis Simpson and Randall Streiffert Help Each Other to Make Lasting Lifestyle Changes

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Prevention on 20. Jun, 2013 | 0 Comments

Longtime partners Richard-Curtis Simpson and Randall Streiffert had put on weight during their 23-year relationship. Richard, an administrative assistant in the pharmacy department at Kaiser Permanente Central Support Services in Aurora, Colorado, and Randall, who works at Children’s Hospital of Colorado in the Medical Education Conference Center, decided it was time for a change. Late-onset adult diabetes runs on both … more