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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 08. Dec, 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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Living with HIV for 31 Years, Jules Mastro Thanks His Kaiser Permanente Doctor

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care on 01. Dec, 2014 | 2 Comments

Julio (Jules) Mastro is a native of Fresno, Calif. and long-time Kaiser Permanente member. On the day before his birthday in 1981, he found out he had anal-rectal cancer and was HIV-positive. In search of comfort after his brother passed away of AIDS the following year, Jules threw himself into nonprofit work, advocating for people living with HIV/AIDS, their families, … more

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Justine and Mike Miller: Steady Together Despite Bumps in Road

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Uncategorized on 24. Nov, 2014 | 3 Comments

Married for nearly 50 years, Justine and Mike Miller have supported each other through many bumps in the road. Justine, who recently battled breast cancer, says she’s surviving to care for her husband, who has Parkinson’s disease. “I have to be strong to be able to give him his care — he deserves it.” As Mike’s tremors began to affect his quality … more

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Kaiser Permanente Helped Diana Parret Navigate Health Care Enrollment, Cancer Diagnosis and Surgery in One Month

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 17. Nov, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Every day I knew when I got up, I knew I had a problem but I didn’t know what to do.” In December 2013, Diana Parret, 59, had began experiencing some concerning symptoms. But her hands were tied; she had just been notified that she was losing her job, and therefore, her health insurance. She had heard about Covered California in … more

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Sandra Watts Grateful That Fast-Acting Emergency Team Saved Her Life

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 10. Nov, 2014 | 1 Comment

Sandra Watts was feeling unwell at a friend’s house when she decided to take a cab to Kaiser Permanente San Francisco to find out what was wrong with her. She lost consciousness on the way there. The cab driver drove her up the ramp to the emergency department and called for help, and Ingrid Lim, MD, and her team were … more

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High-Tech Brain Surgery Restores Darcy Blake’s Quality of Life

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured on 03. Nov, 2014 | 3 Comments

It started as a small tremor in her left little finger, but Darcy Blake knew what it was. “A horrible hand-me-down,” she said, referring to Parkinson’s, a disease that runs in Darcy’s family and one she knows all too well. Within three years of her diagnosis, Darcy was no longer able to hide her tremors, and the symptoms began impeding … more

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Stephanie Bedwell Makes Lifestyle Changes After Successful Treatment for Breast Cancer

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 27. Oct, 2014 | 3 Comments

When Stephanie Bedwell went in to see her doctor in November, the receptionist at the front desk reminded her that she was overdue for a mammogram. Stephanie, a teacher, wasn’t planning on getting her required screenings until summer break, but decided just to get her mammogram over with. A series of tests later, her doctors discovered she had Stage 1 … more

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After Successful Treatment for Breast Cancer, Kaiser Permanente Helps Kathleen Tebb Resume Her Rock-Climbing Hobby

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 20. Oct, 2014 | 4 Comments

Heidi Olander, MD, at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center, could have assumed the lump on Kathleen Tebb’s chest was a clogged milk duct, since the 39-year-old mother of two was weaning her youngest child. Instead, Dr. Olander sent Kathleen, a rock-climbing enthusiast and health psychologist at University of California San Francisco, to Joyce Chou, MD, for further investigation. Two … more

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Stephenie Griggs Receives Support From Her Care Team Following Double Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 13. Oct, 2014 | 0 Comments

After receiving her breast cancer diagnosis, Stephenie Griggs knew she had some decisions to make. “I made the choice to get a double mastectomy because I wanted the cancer out of my body.” Following her mastectomy, Stephenie consulted with plastic surgeon Brad McDowell, MD, to learn about all her options, and ultimately decided to proceed with breast reconstruction. “I was excited to … more

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Early Detection of Breast Cancer Saves Rev. Sharon Brandon’s Life

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured on 06. Oct, 2014 | 0 Comments

A long family history of breast cancer has always motivated music teacher and Reverend Sharon Brandon to stay on top of her annual mammograms. After years of clear results, Sharon decided to skip her 2011 mammogram. The following year, Sharon got back on track with her mammogram. This time, she was surprised to learn that she had breast cancer.  “I never … more