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  • Hope Stories

    • Jim’s Hope Story

      Eight years into his battle with Parkinson’s disease, Jim wasn’t doing well. The medications he was taking no longer kept the tremors at bay, and sometimes, while walking, he would freeze in place, unable to take another step. Jim could...
    • Brian’s Story: Meningioma

      Brian's Story: Meningioma “Carefree” is the word Brian uses to describe his life back then. He was 39 years old, happily married and the father of three children under the age of 5. “Life was busy, but that felt normal,” he says, reflecting. “The only...
    • Leah’s Story: Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)

      Leah's Story: Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)Leah is a young woman who sings, dances, and plays the guitar. She is also a survivor of an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). It is rare for someone in her mid-teens to have had an AVM, an abnormal tangle of blood vessels...
    • Matt’s Story: Head Injury

      Matt's Story: Head Injury A poor decision nearly cost Matt his life. But state-of-the-art neurosurgical and neurocritical care, dedicated therapists, and family support gave him a chance to start over again. Today, in what is proving to his best decision ever, Matt is studying...
    • Amber’s story: Ruptured aneurysm

      Amber's story: Ruptured aneurysmThe only visible sign of Amber Gray’s ordeal is the long slender scar that runs along her forearm. It is the area where a surgeon carefully removed her radial artery, which was needed to bypass a damaged artery in her...
    • Charlie’s Story: Epilepsy

      Charlie's Story: EpilepsyBy Charlie Shor I have had many adventures in my 57 years, and I have accomplished much. But the main message of my story, which I have been given the opportunity to share, is that anything is possible. If you have...
    • Alicia’s Story: Multiple Sclerosis

      Alicia’s Story: Multiple Sclerosis Alicia is living a life that is filled to the brim: she is a wife, a mother, a runner, and a full-time technical sales specialist with a doctoral degree. She is also a master at living with multiple sclerosis. Diagnosed in...
    • John’s Story: Glioblastoma

      John's Story: Glioblastoma John, a retired painter and carpenter, is a tall, solidly built man with a strong inclination toward getting things done. A former Vista volunteer who was equally comfortable running a food co-op in an underserved neighborhood or standing near the...
    • Sandra’s Story Glioma

      Sandra's Story Glioma Sandra (Sandy) is a smiling, breathing reminder that hope exists for patients with even the most challenging type of brain tumors. Nine years ago, when Sandy was first told that she had six months to live, she stared back blankly...
    • Courtney’s Story: Traumatic Spine Injury

      Courtney's Story: Traumatic Spine Injury Courtney is positive that she was wearing her seatbelt. Perhaps that is why her head and neck – thankfully -- were fine. Perhaps that is also why her midsection was so violently impacted, as the force of the rollover twisted...