“I will not be afraid of the sun.” — Tackling Melanoma with Courage

By Meredith Whittemore On average, the Houston area has 204 sunny days.  For each of those days, Sabrina Farber has to tackle an inner battle against fear that her melanoma may return. “Once you’ve had a diagnosis of melanoma, it almost makes you afraid of the sun. One day I told myself, ‘Forget this. I [Continue Reading]

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Brandon’s Song: One Man’s Journey to Sing Again

By Jade Waddy After suffering from a ruptured aorta, a major stroke and several acute strokes that took place while in surgery, Brandon Scott Ray’s life was forever altered. He lost his ability to walk, speak and sing, a talent he loved since he was a teenager. Once discharged from a local hospital, Scott spent [Continue Reading]

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Saving a Hero: Santa Fe High School’s Officer John Barnes Reunites with Life Flight Crew

By Jade Waddy There were countless times over the course of his 23-year career with the Houston Police Department (HPD) that Officer John Barnes witnessed Memorial Hermann Life Flight® rush to the scene and whisk away trauma victims to receive life-saving care. He never imagined he would one day find himself aboard the signature red [Continue Reading]

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The Healing Power of Art: BJ’s Story

By Shannon Dillon Carefree, full of life and surrounded by a lot of laughter and love. That’s the childhood BJ Smith, now 28 years old, remembers.  Growing up in the Acadiana region of south Louisiana, Smith worked part time with his grandfather at the family’s furniture business. “I’m a proud Cajun,” Smith said. At an [Continue Reading]

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An Especially Meaningful Mother’s Day After Surviving Cardiac Arrest

By Meredith Whittemore This year’s Mother’s Day could’ve been a tough one for Janet Mendoza. Several months prior, she was at risk of losing her mother, Amada Mendoza, after she experienced cardiac arrest. “She was complaining of chest pain and feeling ‘burpy.’ I just thought it was acid reflux or something,” Janet Mendoza said. She [Continue Reading]

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I’m a Better Nurse Today Because of My Mentor

By Meredith Whittemore Sometimes, the most influential teachers reveal themselves outside of  the formal education process. That’s the case for Ashlyn Cooley, RN, a nurse at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center. Cooley participated in the Nurse Residency Program in 2018 and points to her Clinical Coach, Barbara Garza, RN, as having a large impact [Continue Reading]

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