Patient Stories

  • Edward BalderEdward Balder
    Ed Balder’s active 40-year career in the paper industry took a toll on his joints. For three years, he lived with the constant pain of having bone-on-bone knees.
    Gale BrillGale Brill
    Breast cancer survivor and the first to receive intraoperative radiation therapy at MUMC.
    Jan CarterJan Carter
    It’s not easy to keep up with Jan Carter of Savannah. The 70-year-old works out with a personal trainer, makes beautiful creations with her knitting needles, volunteers at a local yarn shop, takes care of four cats, and spends time with her husband, Bob. She never takes her good health for granted, especially since she experienced a life-changing health scare a year ago.
    Henry HanberryHenry Hanberry
    For more than three years, Henry Hanberry of Clyo, Georgia, struggled to eat. He suffered from a rare condition called achalasia. The ring of muscle around the lower part of his esophagus would not relax, so food could not pass from his esophagus to his stomach. Instead, his food would get stuck in his esophagus, forcing him to throw up.
    Sandra HansonSandra Hanson
    Sandra Hanson of Okatie, South Carolina, spent her career advocating for the health of others. Before relocating to the Low Country, she was the director of Case Western Reserve University’s Center on Aging and Health in Cleveland. In 2011, she realized it was time to make her own health a priority.
    Kelly HodgesKelly Hodges
    Charles “Kelly” Hodges will go down in medical history. He was the first person in the United States to receive the Triumph® Lumbar Disc to replace a herniated disc. The artificial Triumph disc was surgically implanted by neurosurgeon James Lindley, Jr., at Memorial University Medical Center. Hodges doesn’t care that he’s a medical “first.” He’s just glad he can finally live his life without constant pain.
    Libby MalphrusLibby Malphrus
    It was October 2010, and 33-year-old Libby Malphrus was juggling more than most people can handle. She was working full time as a genetic counselor for a perinatal practice, parenting a 4-year-old, balancing the demands of marriage and home life, and – perhaps most overwhelming -- helping her mother go through treatment for primary peritoneal cancer. The last thing she needed was the phone call from her gynecologist’s office stating that her recent Pap test results were abnormal.
    Jackie PerlisJackie Perlis
    Jackie Perlis is always on the go. At age 80, she cooks, dances, rides a stationary bike, swims, and keeps up with her five grandchildren. When her hips wore out and threatened to slow her down, she got a new pair.
    Rick RebellatoRick Rebellato
    Rick Rebellato grew up playing hockey in Ontario, Canada. He eventually moved to Savannah and traded his hockey stick for golf clubs. Rebellato knew that his athletic lifestyle would take a toll on his body, so he was not surprised to learn he needed hip replacement surgery. Unfortunately, there was a catch. The 58-year-old had a prior heart valve replacement and must take blood thinners every day.
    Father Joseph SmithFather Joseph Smith
    In early 2010, Father Joseph Smith, pastor of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Richmond Hill, was facing a full calendar. Lent and Easter were fast approaching, along with a busy wedding season. It should have been a joyful time, but Smith’s quality of life was deteriorating. He was living with constant pain that extended from his shoulder blade to his right hand. It had gotten so bad he could no longer use his hand.
    John SwingleJohn Swingle
    Prostate surgery barely slowed John Swingle down. The pulp and paper industry executive and engineer has already retired from one career and settled into a part-time version even in retirement. His busy schedule, not to mention the commuting distance from his Wayne County home to advanced treatment facilities at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, was a factor in the decisions he made concerning his treatment. His urologist, Michael Cox, M.D., presented several treatment choices.
    Ashley Faircloth TaylorAshley Faircloth Taylor
    Ashlee Faircloth Taylor is always on the go. When we first spoke with the 36-year-old Statesboro resident, she was busy juggling the demands of her three children (ages 12, 11, and 8) and planning her upcoming wedding to fiancé Benjii Taylor. But she wasn’t always this active. Just six months ago, Faircloth Taylor’s life had come to a standstill.
    Lisa VaughnLisa Vaughn
    The 41-year-old Hinesville mom and her husband are raising four sons, ranging in age from 6 to 15. Vaughn also works as a parent mentor for the Liberty County Board of Education. Her life is so busy that for a long time, she ignored the health issues that made her uncomfortable – acid reflux, hot flashes, low energy, and frequent diarrhea. She assumed the symptoms were just part of aging and stress. That all changed during a routine appointment with her primary care doctor.