Patient Stories


Jolee Camp, here on her parents' farm, is grateful for having access to a cutting-edge device study at UAMS that has cured her disabling back condition.

Breakthrough Device Implant at UAMS Restores Young Woman’s Pain-Free Life

Jolee Camp was a thriving 15-year-old who dreamed of becoming a professional dancer and enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on her family’s farm in Lonoke when she was suddenly disabled by unexplained low back pain. “She spent her senior year in a wheelchair,” said her mother, B.J. Camp, who took her daughter from doctor to…

Vicki Wicker

Myeloma Patient Writes About Her ‘Ordinary Journey’

Creative works have their beginnings in various ways. For multiple myeloma survivor Vicki C. Wicker, Ph.D., it was the loss of a loved one and social media. “My mom passed away around two years before my diagnosis,” said Wicker. “Every Sunday I would write something on Facebook with a short scripture and a few paragraphs…

Jim and Laurie Schepers.

UAMS Myeloma Patient Grateful for ‘Life Changing’ Treatment

Jim Schepers remembers getting a call he didn’t want in April 2020. The call was from Frits van Rhee, M.D., Ph.D., clinical director of the Myeloma Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Schepers’ physician — cancer had returned. “When we found out the cancer was back, Dr. van Rhee called…

Retired attorney James Jaquess

Retired Attorney Writes Book about Myeloma Journey, Exceptional Care

Retired attorney James Jaquess can’t say enough about the care he received at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Myeloma Center. In fact, UAMS features prominently in his book “Multiple Myeloma: A Journey to Remission.” Jaquess is being treated at UAMS as well as at the Emerald Coast Cancer Center in Fort Walton…

Ed Allis and his wife, Kevin. In 2020, Ed received a new liver at UAMS.

New Liver Brings New Outlook on Life

In the early 2000s, after a series of scans and tests, doctors told Ed Allis that he had a fatty liver. In the following years, as he approached retirement from AT&T as a government lobbyist, he started retaining fluid, particularly in his abdomen.

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