Success Stories

  • 9/8/2020

    Getting hip with it

    Grocery store owner Judi Hegewald is a go-getter. When a hip injury nearly robbed her of mobility, it also stole her joy and livelihood, until she visited Dr. Jon Henry, orthopedic surgeon at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

  • 2/18/2020

    A minor setback for a musician

    “Music is like breath. It’s something that would take me away from any troubles. It made me feel like a whole person,” explains Pamela, a violin and piano teacher at Jim’s Music Center in Green Bay. But in 2017, when Pamela slipped on a patch of water in the bathroom and injured her hand, she could no longer grip her violin bow adequately enough to play. As she was already healing from a fall in 2014 in which she broke her elbow, this second injury felt like the final straw.

  • 1/15/2020

    One woman, two doctors, one medical emergency

    On May 1 of 2019, Lorraine woke up with abdominal pain. Since the pain wasn’t severe, she proceeded to travel to Madison for an appointment for her son. However, the pain progressed greatly. By the time she arrived home, she began experiencing chills and was running a fever. “I said to my husband, ‘Something is wrong with me,’” said Lorraine.

  • 12/23/2019

    A mother's experiences with common childhood injuries

    As a parent, there is nothing more harrowing than your child’s wails of extreme pain. Cassidee Timm has experienced this horror not once, not twice, but three times.

  • 11/7/2019

    One 28-year-old discovers the importance of self-breast exams

    At 28 years old, Rebecca felt strong and healthy. She had no reason to be concerned about breast cancer. But when she got out of the shower one Monday morning and noticed a dimple in her right breast that looked similar to cellulite, she called her gynecologist right away.

  • 9/30/2019

    Trusting the Trial: How One Woman Has Been Breast Cancer-Free for 12 Years

    When Virginia was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer, she chose to partake in TailorX, a clinical trial that used hormone therapy instead of chemotherapy. Today, thanks to the studies of TailorX, 70% of patients like Virginia don’t need chemotherapy and Virginia is living cancer free!

  • 9/25/2019

    Tiny valves a breath of fresh air for Manitowoc woman

    Rosemary couldn’t cross a parking lot without stopping to rest. Now she’s breathing easier, thanks to a breakthrough treatment for emphysema – first made available here at Aurora BayCare.

  • 9/17/2019

    “After a while, you give up”: How one man found headache relief after three decades

    Chris lived with constant headache pain for decades. He tried pain medications and injections, but nothing seemed to help. So when Chris started to lose feeling in his hand, he knew something else was wrong.

  • 8/21/2019

    Regenerative Medicine: Getting Back to the Field

    When a leg injury threatened to keep Jean from the field, she sought relief from regenerative medicine. With some help from Dr. Woods and platelet rich plasma injections, she’s back to doing all the things she loves.

  • 5/30/2019

    Not just a stroke, but a craniotomy, too

    It was an average October day for Denise Brouillette. She was feeling a little odd, but had no reason to be alarmed. However, as the hours passed, Denise gradually began realizing she couldn’t remember how to perform mundane tasks, such as using her cellphone.

  • 5/17/2019

    Living life to the fullest after an aneurysm

    Twenty-nine years ago, Brenda Leboeuf’s mother suffered an aneurysm, so when Brenda suddenly began experiencing an intense pressure in her head, she knew exactly what was happening.

  • 4/23/2019

    A close call with placenta accreta

    It was the middle of the night when Jennifer Christus began bleeding midway through her pregnancy. Up to this point, Jennifer experienced no reason to worry. She had given birth to two daughters previously and had healthy pregnancies with both. Understandably, Jennifer was confused and anxious.

  • 3/22/2019

    The Second Opinion That Saved Her Life

    She’d been losing weight for weeks, but Debra, a teacher, figured it was just her new summer job, helping tend bar at a family member’s northern resort. She was coughing a bit more too, but shrugged it off.

  • 3/8/2019

    Dairy farmer back on the job after surgery

    As a Wisconsin dairy farmer, Edward Nowak is no stranger to hard work. But hard work took on a whole new meaning when his back started hurting last fall.

  • 9/13/2018

    Runner back on track after foot surgery

    I was running the Boston just nine months after surgery. It was unbelievable. It was…wow!

  • 8/3/2018

    Putting Her Feet in Capable Hands

    Roberta Johnson was nearly immobilized by severe foot pain, until she found Dr. DeVries at Aurora BayCare. Johnson, of Gladstone, Michigan, had been suffering with foot pain for a long time. The arch had fallen on her left foot, causing significant pain. Johnson consulted a local doctor who advised a conservative surgical approach. Unfortunately, the operation didn’t work.

  • 5/10/2018

    Stroke Survivor Grateful for Care

    Hope Maloney Persistence is how Hope discovered her eye pain was something much more serious, a stroke. She feels fortunate that she was sent to Dr. Ziad Darkhabani, Interventional neurologist at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, for the complex stroke care that she needed.

  • 2/22/2018

    Surviving a “Widowmaker” Heart Attack

    It never occurred to Joe Cravillion that he was having a heart attack. The 45-year-old long haul truck driver was home visiting his mother when his symptoms came on. He helped her move a TV into the living room and felt some pain across his chest, but he didn’t think much of it. Shortly afterwards, he vomited and began sweating profusely.

  • 10/31/2017

    Mary Schneider's Breast Cancer Journey

    While on her annual trip to Arizona with her husband, Mary had a slight mishap while handling her luggage. She assumed the tenderness she was noticing on her breast was related to that incident but the lump that remained gave her cause for concern, prompting her to return to Green Bay earlier than normal. After meeting with her primary care doctor, Mary’s suspicions were confirmed as she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

  • 8/31/2017

    Breast Cancer: ‘There’s A Light’

    April Stangel admits she can be one of those, “If you don’t want to know the answer, don’t ask the question” kind of people. That’s why she waited a month to see a doctor about a lump in her breast. Fortunately, Aurora BayCare was ready to jump the moment she came in.

  • 7/12/2017

    Advanced Stroke Treatment Saved Her Life

    Her husband recognized the signs of a stroke and called 911.

  • 4/20/2017

    Clot Retrieval Saves Retired Police Officer After Stroke

    Frank and Judy Kraft Stroke Survivor Judy Kraft will always remember that morning she put off mowing the lawn. That little delay meant she was there when her husband Frank had a stroke.

  • 4/17/2017

    Special Delivery - One Couples Fertility Story

    Fertility Clinic Blaszak Family Ashley and Derek were college sweethearts. Married in 2010, the Blaszaks relished their DINK-lifestyle (dual income, no kids) for several years, until their friends began building families. “We were enjoying their kids,” Ashley says, so the couple decided to try for their own.

  • 4/6/2017

    Back to the Heart of Life Thanks to New Aneurysm Approach

    TEVAR Cardiologist Matt Schmidt Aortic Aneurysm In late 2015, Pulaski resident, Tom, was diagnosed with a small aneurysm in the upper part of his aorta after seeing his primary care doctor for what he thought was merely a simple cough.

  • 3/2/2017

    Cancer Care - You Can Take It With You

    Lois Colon Cancer Erik Johnson Green Bay Lois Gracyalny hadn’t been in a hospital in 46 years. A big believer in preventive healthcare, she scheduled regular exams and started getting colonoscopies in her late 50s. But when a routine test revealed low iron in her blood, doctors debated whether it was time for another colonoscopy to investigate. Lois admits she would have been happy to skip it, but ob/gyn Dr. Thomas Halloin insisted.

  • 2/16/2017

    Triple Bypass Changes Outlook on Life

    Giblin Triple Bypass Cardiology Roitstein Story One night in June 2016, Kief Giblin woke his wife up in the middle of the night and told her he was having a heart attack. Three days later he underwent triple bypass surgery.

  • 2/1/2017

    Cardiac Screening Saves Farmers Life

    Calcium Cardiac Screening for Heart Disease Saves Life of Farmer Vogel Bob Vogel is a hard-working farmer. He’s 55 and a diabetic who, as his wife Mary says, doesn’t always pay the best attention to doctors’ advice. But last winter Bob was feeling especially run down. He avoided any long walks and found himself getting out of breath when doing farm chores.

  • 1/3/2017

    Walking Tall with Total Ankle Replacement

    Roger Griinke Total Ankle Orthopedics Aurora BayCare Medical Center Roger Griinke suffered from ankle issues for 50 years, dating back to his days as a pole climber in the army. That’s when he turned to Dr. Jason George DeVries, a fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon with Aurora BayCare.

  • 12/1/2016

    Stroke Patient Recovers On the Table Thanks to Stent Retrievers

    Robert Greene Stroke Survivor Dr. Darkhabani Aurora BayCare Medical Center You might not expect a 43-year-old to have a stroke. But Robert Greene can be thankful his mom knew better. She recognized the signs and didn’t let her son’s relatively young age cloud her judgement.

  • 11/1/2016

    Weighed and Not Wanting

    PamelaChampagne It’s like 364 sticks of butter. That’s how Pamela Champagne visualizes her weight loss. Pamela lost 60 pounds in her first three months after bariatric surgery, which rose to 90 pounds lost at six months. She underwent a gastric sleeve procedure with Dr. Daniel McKenna.

  • 10/15/2016

    Breast Cancer Free with the MDCC

    IMG_3663_cropped Christina Klaubauf had just weaned her nine-month-old son when she felt a lump in her breast. And while she suspected it was nothing more than a clogged milk duct, her husband convinced her to get it checked out.

  • 10/1/2016

    This Nurse Chose Aurora BayCare for Cancer Care

    Barb Heuer Breast Cancer Survivor Aurora BayCare Medical Center When Barbara Heuer saw her mammogram, she knew pretty well what she was going to hear. A retired nurse, Heuer knew the black spidering in her right breast wasn’t caused by a mistake with the procedure. An ultrasound confirmed her suspicions: She had breast cancer.

  • 9/1/2016

    Pounds Off and Miles On After Bariatric Surgery

    Lori Demars Bariatric Surgery Aurora BayCare Medical Center Lori DeMars had struggled with her weight and accompanying health issues like high blood pressure, acid reflux and knee pain for years. Wanting to take action before bigger health problems developed, Lori received bariatric surgery with Dr. McKenna.

  • 8/1/2016

    Cancer Treatments - Better Today and Better Every Day

    MDCC Paula Lemke and Dr. Peter Johnson Aurora BayCare Medical Center Paula Lemke is a three-year survivor of endometrial cancer. She was first diagnosed in 2013 and then tackled a recurrence in late 2015. It’s the same cancer her mother successfully fought off some sixty years earlier.

  • 7/1/2016

    Trust in Fast Care

    Ewa Kaczmarczyk Breast Health Aurora BayCare Medical Center Ewa Kaczmarczyk doesn’t have breast cancer. And for that, she’s grateful. But it isn’t just the good news from her doctor that has her smiling—it’s the rapid care she got from Aurora BayCare.

  • 6/2/2016

    Normal Mammogram then BAM - Cancer

    tammy155 Tammy Wood was dutiful about her yearly mammograms, so it was no surprise when her April exam came back normal as usual. But three months later she found a significant lump in her breast. The diagnosis: stage 3 cancer.

  • 5/15/2016

    Survivor Wants You to Know About Stroke

    Stroke Survivor Lori Weir Aurora BayCare Medical Center Lori Wier felt off when she woke up one morning in mid-December 2015. She remembers having a “sleepy feeling” on the left side of her body and some slurred speech. But she passed it off, figuring she just slept wrong.

  • 5/1/2016

    Walking On Her Own After Spinal Cord Stroke

    Rachel Muench Spinal Cord Stroke Survivor Aurora BayCare Medical Center She injured herself one morning last fall, twisting at an odd angle to replace a hard-to-reach battery in a smoke detector. Moments later, she felt a stabbing pain in her back—so strong it brought her to her knees. She headed into work anyway and tried to push through the pain, but six hours later her legs had started to go numb.

  • 4/1/2016

    “It’s like getting my life back.”

    Barb Kell Total Ankle Replacement Dr. Scharer Aurora BayCare Medical Center Barbara Kell’s ankle problems started about eight years ago. During a consultation with her podiatrist for recurring ganglion cysts, Barbara found out her ankle joint had deteriorated, and she was walking bone on bone. But her doctor warned against an ankle replacement until the procedure was better developed.

  • 3/1/2016

    Health First Weight Second

    Sandy Linsmeyer Bariatric Surgery Aurora BayCare Medical Center For Sandy Linsmeyer, bariatric surgery meant a chance to get healthy. The weight loss was just a bonus. Her doctor, bariatric surgeon Dr. Daniel McKenna suggested she look into weight loss surgery as a way to address some chronic health conditions.

  • 2/1/2016

    Young Vet Survives Cardiac Arrest

    Cardiac Arrest Patient Brian Spies at Aurora BayCare Brian Spies has a degree in human biology and served four years as a Combat Medic with the U.S. Army, including a tour in Iraq. His wife Melody, who has known him since elementary school, describes him as “healthy, athletic, and full of life.”

  • 12/30/2015

    Working It Off

    Denise Barnes Personal Training Aurora BayCare Medical Center A year ago, Denise Barnes weighed almost 250 pounds. Today, she’s 85 pounds lighter thanks to a lot of hard work and help from her personal trainer at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

  • 12/1/2015

    Four in Ten: New Knees and Shoulders for Manitowoc Man

    Tony Kraemer Total Shoulder Replacement Aurora BayCare Medical Center Two shoulder replacements and a double knee replacement have Tony Kraemer feeling like a new man. Tony, who worked a physically demanding job for the Manitowoc Street Department, retired this summer after having his fourth joint replacement.

  • 10/30/2015

    Defeating Diabetes with Bariatric Surgery

    Jennifer Westein Bariatric Surgery Aurora BayCare Medical Center Jennifer had the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure in June of 2014 and lost more than 120 pounds in the year that followed. Now Jennifer can get down on the floor and play with her daughter, run around outside, and even, she says, share a ride at Bay Beach without worrying about crushing her little girl.

  • 10/13/2015

    39-Year-Old Stroke Survivor Wants to Create Awareness

    Sgt. Matt Ronk Stroke Survivor Aurora BayCare Medical Center Sgt. Matt Ronk, with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office was preparing for a SWAT training exercise when he started having signs that something wasn’t right. “Someone was talking to me, but I couldn’t process what they were saying. I walked by another person and didn’t recognize him. It was strange because the only people there that day were my co-workers.”

  • 9/14/2015

    Hometown Doctor Does What Others Can't

    Stephanie Lambert Orthopedics Aurora BayCare Medical Center Stephanie Lambert finished her first half-marathon in pain, powering through every step. Two weeks later, her hips hurt so badly she was using crutches. Two months after that, she was bed-ridden, barely able to sit up, and even using a bedside commode.

  • 7/31/2015

    Operation Weight Loss

    Holly Husting Bariatric Surgery Aurora BayCare Medical Center This August, Holly Husting will reach one of her milestone weight loss goals: She’s going to ride the zip line at the NEW Zoo in Suamico. “I’ve always wanted to do that,” she says, “but I was too heavy."

  • 7/6/2015

    Lyric Hearing Aid Provides Comfort & Convenience

    Patrick Wall Lyric Hearing Aids Aurora BayCare Medical Center

  • 7/1/2015

    Focused on Recovery, Not the Accident that Crushed His Fingers

    Derek Petska Orthopedics Aurora BayCare Medical Center Derek Petska was working at a construction site when the skidsteer he was operating flipped, crushing the fingers on both his hands. He was taken by ambulance to Aurora BayCare where he met with Dr. Jagdeep Sodhi, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand injuries.

  • 6/19/2015

    Spinal Surgery Relieves Pain and Anxiety

    Patricia Meyer Minimally Invasive Spinal Procedure Aurora BayCare Medical Center Imagine aching pains in your shoulder and arm. Now imagine that same arm goes numb 20 to 30 times a day. That’s what Patricia Meyer of Gladstone, Michigan dealt with for nearly a year.

  • 3/31/2015

    Supporting cast of medical personnel helps young star return to the stage

    Paige Kassner Car Accident EMS Aurora BayCare Medical Center At the young age of 16, Paige Kassner was comfortable taking center stage as a performer, a volunteer and as Miss Green Bay Area's Outstanding Teen. But on a Saturday morning in November, she found herself the focus of a story she didn’t want to star in.

  • 2/17/2015

    Listen to Your Heart: One Woman's Heart Attack Warning

    Debbie Schlise Cardiac Arrest Scott Welsow Cardiologist Aurora BayCare Medical Center Now, roughly seven months after her heart attack, Debbie says she feels “absolutely wonderful.” She’s taking steps to change her diet and exercise routine. And she is also speaking out to encourage other women to heed the warning signs.

  • 11/7/2014

    Hope For A Young Brain Trauma Victim

    Abby Swallow Brain Trauma Aurora BayCare Medical Center But with physical therapy, speech therapy and other rehabilitation specialists—along with prayers and support from home—Abby made amazing progress.

  • 10/8/2014

    Cancer Survivors Unite

    Anne Karjala-Dobbins Breast Cancer Support Group Aurora BayCare Medical Center Today, Anne facilitates a support group for cancer survivors. She helped establish the group after talking to her doctor about the need for a more frequent, more intimate addition to the hospital’s quarterly support sessions.

  • 9/10/2014

    Mysteries, Misdiagnosis and the Growing Mass: A Familiar Ovarian Cancer Story

    Julie Desotell Cervical Cancer Women's Health Aurora BayCare Medical Center For Julie Desotell, it started with a constant urge to use the bathroom. “I kept thinking I had bladder infections,” she recalls. “But my tests kept coming back negative.”

  • 9/8/2014

    Crohn's Disease Won't Stop This Teen

    Haley Malcore Crohn's Disease Aurora BayCare Medical Center Haley Malcore was 16 years old when she started having severe abdominal pain. After ruling out appendicitis, her primary care physician diagnosed constipation and put her on a high fiber diet. Three weeks later, she landed in the emergency room at Aurora BayCare Medical Center where doctors came to a much different conclusion: Haley had Crohn’s disease.

  • 9/8/2014

    New Treatment Zaps Asthma

    Stephanie Reichart Bronchial Thermoplasty Patient Aurora BayCare Medical Center Stephanie Reichart used to be a nurse, but she had to give that up when severe, chronic asthma took over her lungs. A life-long asthma sufferer, Stephanie’s condition started to deteriorate in her early 40s. By her 50th birthday, she could barely walk up a few stairs. Just taking a shower was difficult because the humidity made it hard to breath.

  • 8/22/2014

    Active Mom, Daycare Provider, and Robotic Surgery Patient

    Jane Pribek Women's Health Aurora BayCare Medical Center For many years, Jane Pribek dealt with long, heavy periods. After she had her third son, her periods were regularly two weeks long and she had significant pain during ovulation. “It got worse with each pregnancy,” she said. “I had to take pain medication, and I didn’t have the energy to do a lot of fun stuff with my boys. I always felt crampy and I had to run to the bathroom a lot.”