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

Success Stories from Our Patients

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Dr Onugha and Schwannoma Patient at the hospital

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 of challenges as most endocrinologists know nothing about the complexities of a patient who has no pituitary. Many of the “specialty” doctors I went through before finding Dr. Araque were either poorly versed in pituitary replacement care or were apathetic and cared very little about me as a human being.

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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 and sent along this testimonial.

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Fanny was left with hydrocephalus resulting from a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

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, our youngest son, who just turned 18, was home. Two weeks before he got involved in a car accident with some guys driving in front of him in the middle of a tiny road near Topanga Canyon. He was miraculously spared but the car was a total loss. Victor was waiting for college answers after dealing with college applications the year before. Back in Europe, my Dad was fighting with cancer. It had been years since he developed his first one in 2005.

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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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Vanessa B Cushings in remission

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 years, I had many diagnoses along the way that never seemed to explain all the symptoms and the growing problems with my health."

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Jessica L Cushings

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 of my everyday life. These struggles helped me learn my strengths and discover my will to live."

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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...

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About My Experience at Saint John’s Hospital…

Admitted on April 24th and released on April 27th- 2015. It was indeed a Divine Hand that led me to Providence Saint John’s Hospital on the morning of April 24th. I had been having headaches for the past year ...

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Zara K. and a 3.5 cm Brain Tumor

On Sunday afternoon, March 23, 2014, I was planning my upcoming work week and rehearsing a work presentation I was to deliver on Monday. A few hours later I was in an emergency room ...

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Meningioma: Keyhole Craniotomy Restores Memory

On the evening of March 25, 2009, Suzanne S. had a 30-minute lapse in memory. While memory loss isn’t an uncommon occurrence, it was a scary event for this 47-year-old Fox Studios Account Executive ...

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Craniopharyngioma: Brain Tumor Causing Visual Loss

When Odette P., 47, from Denver, CO, found out she had a benign brain tumor called a craniopharyngioma in November of 2008, she didn’t hesitate to fly ...

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Cushing’s Disease: She Mistook Her Symptoms as Signs of Menopause

Eight years ago, when Elisabeth N., now 62, started developing symptoms that included obesity, osteoporosis, insomnia, kidney stones and hair loss ...

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Josephine Edu

Meningioma: Eyebrow Craniotomy Restores Vision

Forty-three years old and pregnant with her twins at the time of her diagnosis, Josephine had suffered from headaches and nosebleeds for years ...

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Metastatic Brain Tumor: Surgery Restores Patient’s Balance

Beverly N. had been successfully battling cervical cancer for a year and a half when she began to have trouble with her balance and memory ...

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Gary Roach

Gary R. : Brain Tumor

Gary R., 45, had been having headaches for years. After all, they were nothing a little Advil couldn’t cure, and he was too busy making movies...

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Pituitary Adenoma: Refusing to Take “No” for an Answer

It was Ian’s wife who first noticed the deteriorating health that eventually led him to seek out the help ...

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