Top Ten List: 2017’s Most Uplifting, Impactful Posts

From hosting the Super Bowl to a World Series win, and from a hurricane to snow, calling 2017 a “roller coaster year for Houston” might be an understatement. It was a year where Houston displayed its resilient spirit, coming together for both the highs and lows. As the page turns on 2017, Memorial Hermann is taking a moment to look back at some of our blog posts that resonated most with readers. May these stories inspire and uplift your spirit as we head into 2018.

“Feeling doubly blessed this Mother’s Day after delivering twins early – and two weeks apart.”

by LaTroya Woolridge

In September 2016, I found out I was expecting not one, but two babies. The news filled both me and my husband with an overwhelming sense of pride and joy. We knew my pregnancy would be considered high risk because I was 35 and pregnant with twins. With that knowledge, I made a point to follow my doctor’s orders and enjoy every moment of my pregnancy.

Fast forward a few months to Jan. 17, 2017 – a day that changed our lives forever. Continue Reading >

Paralyzed after a fall, teen determined to dance at her prom. Read her story.

By Katie Vacek

My senior year at Needville High School was more than halfway complete.  I was a class officer, in National Honor Society, ranked 6th in my graduating class, a member of the Fighting Blue Jay Band, a 3-year varsity cheerleader, and on the powerlifting team.

My future was pretty much set.  I had been accepted to Texas State University where I planned to try out for their cheer squad.  I was very determined to make it to state in powerlifting.  On February 26, 2017, my future took a slight detour.  While at a family party, I decided to go on a nature walk with my boyfriend, brother and cousins.  The woods near our home have always been one of my favorite places.  I have explored and climbed trees there since I was a little girl.  But on this day, at 17 years old, I made a decision that would change the rest of my life. Continue Reading >

From a Traumatic Brain Injury Patient to a Memorial Hermann Employee

By Barre Morris, PMP,CSM, ITIL 

Becoming Universal Studio’s biggest franchise of all time, the Fast and the Furious is a series of action films about illegal street racing. Driving on the highways and roads of Houston sometimes seems no different from being among the fast and furious either.

On Monday morning, July 17, 2000, I never showed up to work, and I had not returned home to Dallas that previous weekend because I had taken my first helicopter ride on Memorial Hermann Life Flight® to the Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute. Continue Reading >

Our Harvey Heroes: Caring for Our Patients Through the Storm and Beyond

It was before daybreak on Sunday when Josh Mascorro rose from bed and grabbed the suitcase he’d stuffed with clothes the day before. Forecasters had been predicting that Tropical Storm Harvey would deliver torrential downpours and widespread flooding that would bring life in the Greater Houston area to a standstill. But when Mascorro left his post at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital late Saturday, the streets were clear and the rain was light. He had no doubts he would make it to work by the time his 6 a.m. shift started.

He left his home in Alvin around 5:20 a.m. in his pickup truck, but it wasn’t long before he struck high water on the highway. When he pulled over to call the charge nurse, she broke the news that the hospital had just declared a weather emergency, a designation that requires all staff to remain in place. Mascorro weighed his options: He could turn back, return home to his wife and kids, and stay high and dry while they rode out the storm. Or he could press forward and try to make it to the hospital so that he could offer some much-needed relief to his colleagues who had been on duty since the night before. Continue Reading >

“Four seconds is all it takes: The day my daughter nearly drowned.”

By Elizabeth Nuño, mom of four and wife to ABC sportscaster David Nuño

On Monday, July 14, 2014, my daughter almost drowned.

That evening, we were at our backyard neighbors’ house for a BBQ and swimming.  Our then 6-year-old twin boys knew how to swim and had one season of swim team under their belts.  Our then 3-year-old daughter, Anneliese, loved the water but was armed with a Puddle Jumper any time we were around the water, even when she was not swimming. Anneliese spent most of the evening swimming within arms’ reach of an adult, and practiced leaving the steps for a moment and then getting back. This was the first time she displayed that type of confidence in the water. She was very proud and kept saying, “Look at me!” Continue Reading >

Cypress, you have a new hospital!

Cypress-area residents woke up April 3, 2017 with a new healthcare option right in their neighborhood. The 81-bed Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital opened on March 31, 2017, making high-quality health care now available in one of the country’s fastest-growing communities. Located just east of Grand Parkway on 290 West between Mason and Mueschke, Memorial Hermann Cypress is designed to grow and expand as the community does. Continue Reading >

“Falling out of love with heroin and in love with recovery”

Joshua Steenburg’s life started out like any other – a happy home with a loving and supportive family.  Unfortunately, he got caught up in an epidemic that experts say is his generation’s HIV crisis – opioid addiction.

Joshua opened up about his journey in a poem he wrote on Sept. 25, 2014, when he was just 30 days sober and recovering at Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center. His hope is to reach and inspire others who are battling the same demons. Continue Reading >

Getting Screened for Colon Cancer Saved My Life: One Mother’s Story

by Mary Barrier

My husband Tim has a family history of colon cancer and I tried unsuccessfully for years to convince him to get a colonoscopy.  In April 2014, he finally had a colonoscopy and was diagnosed with colon cancer.  As a result, he had a section of his colon removed, but he was blessed to be able to forgo chemotherapy and radiation.

As a mother of two, it was my job to see that our children who now have a direct family history of colon cancer would be screened for the disease. However, that was put on hold when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Continue Reading >

This 12-Year-Old Boy Had a Stroke. Here’s Why…

“Mom, what does a migraine feel like?”

That was the question 12-year-old Luc Wehby asked his mother, Jacquie Wehby, last May after a long day at school. Jacquie told Luc that their family didn’t have a history of migraines, but she did explain the basic symptoms and gave Luc an ibuprofen before bed.

The next day at school, Luc asked his teacher if he could go to the nurse because his head was killing him. The teacher called the nurse to inform her that Luc was on his way. Continue Reading >

Chest pain, an octopus and a broken heart

In 1990, Japanese researchers identified a temporary condition in which patients experienced the same symptoms as a heart attack, including chest pain and shortness of breath, but tests turned up no evidence of blockages even though the patients’ electrocardiograms mimicked the abnormalities seen in heart attacks. Even more bizarre, doctors noticed that these patients each experienced ballooning of their left ventricles, the heart’s main pumping chamber, following a particularly stressful event, such as the death of a loved one, a natural disaster or a sudden illness.

Researchers named the disorder “takotsubo cardiomyopathy” because of the pot-like shape formed by the left ventricle resembling tako tsubo, a type of Japanese octopus trap. In the United States, doctors refer to this condition as “broken heart syndrome.” Continue Reading >

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