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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 16. Mar, 2015 | 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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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 09. Mar, 2015 | 1 Comment

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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Young Father-of-Three Changes Lifestyle after “Warning Shot” Heart Attack

Posted by in Excellent Care, Prevention on 04. Mar, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s well-known heart disease is the No. 1 health-related killer of Americans. But not so well known is that Hispanics and Latinos face even higher risks of cardiovascular diseases. That’s because they have a higher likelihood of having high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Isaac Plasencio of Broomfield, Colo. experienced this reality first-hand. One night in December 2014, he started … more

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Sonny Espinoza Adopts Healthy Habits to Keep Prediabetes At Bay

Posted by in Featured, Prevention on 26. Jan, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lorenzo “Sonny” Espinoza wasn’t surprised to find out he was prediabetic; diabetes runs in both sides of his family, and he wasn’t exactly living a healthy lifestyle. Before he retired, Sonny was working as a transmission specialist for a telecommunications company. He worked many early mornings and late nights and drove about 30 miles each way to work, relying daily … more

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Kaiser Permanente Nurse Decides to Get Healthy, Beats Diabetes

Posted by in Featured, Prevention on 19. Jan, 2015 | 7 Comments

After a lifetime of struggling with her weight, Kaiser Permanente employee and member Ravida Benjamin, RN, made the decision to get healthy. Ravida was diabetic and insulin dependent for most of her life. “I didn’t want to take shots anymore,” said Ravida. “I thought, ‘For my family, I’d like to get healthy.’” As a nurse, Ravida witnessed first-hand the complications … more

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Albert and Adriana Hernandez Reach Weight Loss Goals by Supporting Each Other

Posted by in Compassion, Featured, Prevention on 12. Jan, 2015 | 7 Comments

When Albert Hernandez made a bet with a co-worker to lose his extra weight, his wife, Adriana Hernandez, joined him. “We [used to] get a pizza and to not leave any leftovers, I would just finish the whole thing,” Albert said. “She would just try to keep up with me.  It was just overeating.” Albert and Adriana supported each other … more

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Kaiser Permanente’s Focus on Prevention Helped Detect Geborah Goldberger’s Early Stage Breast Cancer

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 22. Dec, 2014 | 0 Comments

Geborah Golberger, PhD, is family therapist, a mom of 10 and a Medicare member at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. And thanks to Kaiser Permanente’s persistence and its focus on prevention through regular screenings, Geborah is a breast cancer survivor. In the process of signing up for Kaiser Permanente, Geborah was asked to complete a series of screenings, and she … more

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Getting Healthy Helped LaKeitha Strozier Be A Present Parent

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Featured, Prevention, Uncategorized on 15. Dec, 2014 | 4 Comments

LaKeitha Strozier was constantly fatigued and in pain — either with a migraine or a backache or pelvic pain. But the 35-year old mother of five never took the time to take care of herself because her priorities lied with taking care of her children. And since LaKeitha didn’t have health coverage, there was little she could do. LaKeitha recently … 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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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