Patient Stories

“I am blessed to live so close to the Myeloma Center,” said Bennie Utley, 79, of Cabot, a myeloma survivor of 16 years. “It really is a state-of the-art facility.”

Twist of fate Leads to Myeloma Diagnosis for Longtime Survivor

A persistent sore spot on his thigh led Bennie Utley of Cabot to ask his family doctor about it in early 2005. “It was about four inches wide and eight or 10 inches long,” Utley, 79, recalled. “He told me I was wearing my belt too tight.” Utley was not satisfied with the diagnosis and…

Friends of myeloma patient Christie Mink, 51, of Jonesboro traveled to UAMS in Little Rock to welcome her and her husband Jeffery in an emotional display of support.

Friends Travel Miles, Bring Smiles as Myeloma Patient Begins Treatment

On her first day of treatment at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Myeloma Center, Christie Mink returned from a lunch break with husband Jeffery to find one sweet treat awaiting her just outside the doors of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Eight friends, all wearing black T-shirts emblazoned with “Her fight…

David Miller and his wife, Jennifer, 4 months after the accident

ENT Surgeon Reconstructs Man’s Face After Gun Explodes

When 53-year-old David Miller of Beebe arrived at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) on the evening of Nov. 12 by Med Flight helicopter, the left side of his face was protruding several inches beyond the rest of his head. Hours earlier, he and a friend were in a pasture outside Newark preparing…

Jon Norcross

Marathoner Thanks Heart Team at UAMS

Sixty days after a sudden cardiac arrest, Jon Norcross of Little Rock finished a half marathon. It was an exceptional journey to recovery, and he took a moment in January to extend his gratitude on social media for everyone who kept him alive, including a team of cardiovascular experts at UAMS Health.

Sebastian Stargell

Pine Bluff Coach is Ready for the Ballpark Thanks to UAMS Surgeon

As a former athlete who has had his share of injuries, Sebastian Stargell is no stranger to the world of health care. But there was something different about his encounter with UAMS otolaryngologist Alissa Kanaan, M.D. “She made me feel like I was family,” Stargell said. “Like she had known me for a while.” Stargell…

“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…

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