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Grateful Patient Stories

Hear from our patients: Stories of courage and caring

Working in the healthcare industry, I witness firsthand how many healthcare systems and providers profess that individualized care is at the center of their mission. The staff at Saint John’s lives this in their actions every day.

Gerald, Maui
Retired Neurologist, Pituitary Tumor Patient
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Schwannoma Patient Experience

Read this heartfelt testimonial from patient, Christina, who was misdiagnosed twice elsewhere before receiving the appropriate diagnosis of Schwannoma from Dr. Garni Barkhoudarian, neurosurgeon at Pacific Neuroscience Institute.

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Panhypopituitarism Patient Story

I have been a panhypopituitarism patient for 40 years when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of five. The surgery went better than expected, and so did the follow up care, until I became an adult. I entered a new world…

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Nasal Sinus Surgery

Twenty three year old Chris, a Los Angeles native, came in to see Chester Griffiths, MD, for chronic sinus issues along with a deviated septum. After meeting with Dr. Griffiths and his team, Chris was scheduled for nasal sinus surgery. His mother was incredibly grateful…

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Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Hydrocephalus

On a Saturday afternoon of April, 2014, the 12th exactly, I was ready to do some errands while giving a phone call to our real estate agent that lasted for a while.

My husband, as a film director, was gone for months shooting abroad. Victor,…

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Olfactory Groove Meningioma

Susan saw a local neurosurgeon and got two additional opinions before emailing the Pacific Brain Tumor Center. After Dr. Barkhoudarian responded personally to her email with a phone call, she knew she wanted a surgeon who dealt with tumors like hers regularly.

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Cushing’s Disease Caused by a Pituitary Tumor

In September of 2013, Vanessa was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease by Dr. Kelly and his team. “After my daughter was born in 2008, I started noticing changes in my body, mostly related to weight gain. I sought medical attention and over the course of seven…

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Transsphenoidal Surgery for Pituitary Adenoma (Cushing’s)

On October 20, 2015 Jessica went into surgery to treat her Cushing’s disease, “I watched this disease dismantle my physical health, my personality, my appearance, my relationships, my self-esteem, my brain function, along with anything that I had taken for granted as a given part…

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Pituitary Tumor

After being diagnosed with a pituitary tumor, my Endocrinologist strongly recommended I schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel Kelly, MD., because of his expertise in the field of pituitary tumors. Dr. Daniel Kelly and his entire staff are by far…

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Brain Hemorrhage

It was in the afternoon around 5pm I was at work when I started to feel dizzy and disoriented, followed by vision loss and loss of consciousness…

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Cancerous Tumor: Meckel’s Cave on the Trigeminal Nerve

In the Spring of last year the right side of my face started to go superficially numb. I was living and working in Costa Rica at the time and had no access to serious medical care…

Dr. Kelly visiting with his senior patient
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