Our Stories

Research stories: What if…

Providence Brain and Spine Institute physicians ask "what if" as they advance research and care for patients.

Rules of Calculation: One physicist's personal journey of science and healing

It started as a common annoyance – that feeling of water trapped in one's ear. "I know the moment very clearly," says University of Oregon physics professor John J. Toner, Ph.D., reflecting on what he came to find out was the first sign of a rare brain tumor.

Surviving a major brain injury is one thing. Restoring your life and routines is another.

Some people just have that sparkle. You know who they are – the ones full of energy and optimism, the ones who are living life to the fullest. When a health crisis strikes, those attributes may be the best medicine.

Providence Telestroke robot connects mom and newborn son

When pregnant 35-year-old Ivonne Cortez of Sherwood collapsed Sunday, Aug. 22, shortly after arriving to the emergency department at Providence Newberg Medical Center, the last thing on her mind was that she’d be separated from her baby.

Patient stories: A difficult disease made gentler

Larry Atkins struggles to walk and speak. Thanks to a special clinic, the experts come to him.

Patient story: Brain tumor-free, a life rebounding

Two years after a Providence surgeon removed the tumor that disrupted her life, Carol Fichtner is thriving.

Patient stories: One hour at a time

Tami's life was saved by her husband recognizing stroke symptoms and the care provided by Providence Stroke Center.

Creating a better story

Kimberly Goslin, M.D., Ph.D., eases the way for patients who have Lou Gehrig's disease.

A telltale kiss

How a wife's fast action and Providence Telestroke Network led to lifesaving stroke treatment.

A delicate dance

A tumor pressing against a vital part of Carol Fichtner’s brain must be removed. A surgery this precise requires deft hands and the best technology an operating room can have.

A long way back from stroke

Surviving a stroke and regaining one’s health depend on many things. Brad Soots, an employee at Providence Neurodevelopmental Center for Children, suffered a severe stroke in May 2010.

When Margy met Stanley

What happens when two strangers cross paths at the same time?

Lives can change. Portland winters can be just plain miserable – especially for someone who has spent 15 years living in Hawaii. Margy Salter remembers her first winter back in the Northwest.

True Patient Journey: Stroke

A young woman tells what she experienced after noticing some numbness. She acted fast to get the emergency help she needed.

True Patient Journey: back pain

She got her life back after years of back pain and many conservative treatments. Watch the video about this spine surgery patient.

True Patient Journey: Alzheimer's disease

Hear from a patient of Michael Mega, M.D., Ph.D., and how early treatment of his memory disorder has helped slow its progress and improve his life.

Life-long epilepsy patient now seizure-free

Epilepsy had always been part of Matthew Ramsey’s life. Since the day he was born, he’d had several seizures a week.