Patient Stories


“We have been well taken care of at UAMS,” said Jerilee Gott of Sherwood, Arkansas who is a myeloma survivor along with her husband Ken. “The staff has been outstanding, and we feel we are in very good hands. Our future is very encouraging with the treatment options available for those who go into remission.”

Husband and Wife Unite in Battling Myeloma

When Jerilee and Ken Gott moved to Arkansas from New Mexico in late 2017 to be closer to their two daughters and grandchildren, she knew she would need regular checkups at the UAMS Myeloma Center. She was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the blood, in 2009. But Jerilee Gott,…

Patient Jeremy Thornton poses with Mary Price, O.D., after an appointment in the low vision clinic at the UAMS Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute.

Patient’s Need to Read Leads Him to Jones Eye Low Vision Clinic

As a minister for the Highway 77 Church of Christ in Marion, Jeremy Thornton needs to be able to read from his Bible. So when damage to his optic nerve made the Word harder for him to read, he was devastated. “When I heard that this was a permanent problem and there wasn’t really anything…

Michael Kent, seated left, holds a sign announcing he is the 1,000th COVID-19 patient to be discharged by the UAMS Medical Center. Behind Kent, left to right, are UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, UAMS Medical Center CEO Steppe Mette and hospitalist Franklin Gray.

UAMS Medical Center Discharges Its 1,000th COVID-19 Patient

Confetti flew while cheers and applause echoed down a UAMS Medical Center hallway as UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, guided Michael Kent in a wheelchair between rows of exuberant physicians, nurses and staff. Kent was the 1,000th COVID-19 patient to be discharged and to start his journey home. Kent, who works as a senior…

Kathryn L. Nance, M.D.

Sports Medicine physician Kathryn Nance Joins UAMS Orthopaedics

LITTLE ROCK — Kathryn L. Nance, M.D., a board-certified family medicine doctor who is fellowship-trained in sports medicine, has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and is seeing patients at the UAMS Health Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Clinic at 10815 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock. She is a member of the…

“Growing old with my husband, watching my grandchildren grow up and spending time with my family and friends were some of the things I thought I might miss,” Linda Cancienne of Alabaster, Alabama, said, recalling being diagnosed with myeloma in 2001 when she was 59.

Myeloma Survivor Grateful for Time with Grandchildren

Linda Cancienne of Alabaster, Alabama, and her husband, Mike, recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary by gathering with family around a backyard fire pit, socially distancing and wearing masks. “We went to our daughter’s house and enjoyed being together and recalling good memories,” Cancienne said. “I sure do miss hugging, though.” There was a time…

Rodney Smith shares a photo of himself with wife Danielle Smith and reflects on his memories of her.

National Caregivers Month: Early onset dementia

When two people get married, vows often include through sickness and health, for better or worse. Like most things, these words are often easier when simply spoken. Rodney Smith never expected he’d become his wife’s caregiver, especially not so soon in their lives. He met Danielle when he was 19 while stopping to fill his…

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