Patient Stories

Myeloma patient Cindy Sites of Springfield, Missouri, and her husband, Doug, credit her physicians at UAMS with extending her life and allowing her to see her first grandchild.

Woman Resumes Humanitarian Trips to China after Myeloma Treatment

Cindy Sites loves sharing the gift of music with others. Whenever she visits the Myeloma Center in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, she likes playing the Steinway grand piano in the lobby. “I usually play for an hour or so in between my tests or while waiting for my appointments,” Sites, 57, said….

UAMS hand surgeons Mark Tait, M.D., and John Bracey, M.D. examine Kenlee St. John during a clinic visit.

DeWitt Teen Finds New Ways to Move After Losing Arm

Mother’s Day 2019 was a terrifying one for Katy Watson of DeWitt. She received a call that her 15-year-old daughter, Kenlee St. John, had been involved in an accident. St. John was riding with a friend in a utility vehicle commonly known as a side-by-side. “We hit uneven ground and it flipped, landing on my…

irst Patient-Oriented Seminar on Diabetic Retinopathy and Nutrition Held at JEI

First Patient-Oriented Seminar on Diabetic Retinopathy and Nutrition Held at JEI

On Friday, June 14th, Heather Vines, BSN, RN, CRNO of the Jones Eye Institute presented our first patient educational seminar focusing on diabetes, eye disease, and nutrition. It was well attended and participants were very interactive with our two invited dieticians, Cayla-Marie Jackson and Andrea Tappe. The presentations centered on diabetic eye disease and the role…

Myeloma patient John Tyler of Conway accepts a blanket from Shane Haas, communications manager of Subaru of Little Rock

Subaru, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Blanketing Myeloma Patients with Love

July 12, 2019 | Patients undergoing treatment at the UAMS Myeloma Center received throw blankets recently along with written messages of hope, courtesy of the Subaru Loves to Care initiative. Six employees from the Subaru of Little Rock dealership — many of them with connections to cancer through their own loved ones — and the…

Villarreal Twins

Twins 12 Days Apart Have Month-Long Birthday Celebrations

Diana and Julio Villarreal spent many days in the spring of 2015 studying the photos that line the walls on the fifth floor at UAMS Medical Center — known as the Wall of Hope.

They were waiting on word that their twin sons, Julio and Jacob, born weeks early, were healthy enough to bring home.

Raper visits Radvany at UAMS.

New Spinal Surgery Gets Pulaski County Man Back on His Feet

Six months after a fall left him severely injured, Dewey Raper, 65, was not healing as quickly as he thought he would. “I spent so much time in a wheelchair, a walker and on crutches,” Raper said. “Eventually, I got an MRI. Dr. Radvany viewed it and took the case over.” Martin Radvany, M.D., is…

Doctor next to patient, who is in hospital bed

Eight-Year Survivor of Two Deadly Cancers Thanks ‘Guardian Angel’

The night before his cancer surgery in April 2011, Michael McGhee asked his church family to pray for him. “I laid my cigarettes on the altar and didn’t pick them up again,” McGhee said. Eight years later, McGhee is 72 and has survived not one, but two, cancers that are often deadly: esophageal cancer and…

Linda Reins of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and her husband Robert recently learned she is in complete remission. "Dr van Rhee has given me time and hope," she said.

Myeloma Patient in Remission, Grateful for Additional Time

Linda Reins, 73, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is no stranger to cancer. In 1985, when she was 40, her local gynecologist’s office floored her with the first diagnosis. “They told me, ‘You’re pregnant and oh, you also have cervical cancer,’ said Reins, who had two teenaged sons at the time. “The next day, my husband at…

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