Nora Boström

If I had not witnessed it with my own eyes, I would not have believed it. How could anyone have so much bad luck? How could bad luck be so devastating? Nora’s bad luck began even before she was born. I was young and healthy with no pregnancy […] Read More  »

Joan Donnelly

My wife and I met in 2001 and five years later were married in a dream ceremony at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. A year later, we were pregnant with our first child and on May 25, 2008 – a day after my wife’s birthday – […] Read More  »

Dave Bunoski

In the fall of 2013, my husband Dave Bunoski and I were spending the weekend at our cottage on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. We had purchased the weekend home six months prior and we were in love with our little slice of the pie. We’d attended a […] Read More  »

Anna Gunn

In 2012, Anna’s world turned upside down when she was diagnosed with bone marrow failure (myelodysplastic syndrome). This disease stemmed from her previous treatment for breast cancer; she was treated fifteen years earlier. At the time of her bone marrow failure diagnosis, everything else in her […] Read More  »

Damon Weber

Damon Daniel Weber, born 8/8/88 with congenital heart disease, had two successful surgical repairs by the age of four, and thrived into his teen years. A top student at one of the nation’s leading magnet schools, he was a theater director and actor who made his […] Read More  »

Jerry Carswell

On Monday, January 19, 2004, my husband Jerry Carswell entered the emergency room and was quickly diagnosed with a kidney stone. He was given multiple injections of morphine and Dilaudid to relieve the intense pain. Later that day, he was admitted for observation and further tests. […] Read More  »

Lloyd Monserratt

Ten years ago, a young California political leader entered a Los Angeles hospital for gall bladder removal and bariatric surgery and died three days later with no cause given for his death. Lloyd Monserratt was a 36 year-old man who believed in community empowerment and social […] Read More  »

Diana Brookins

Diana Christine Brookins was born on a snowy February afternoon at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in 1979. She died on July 25, National Patient Safety Day, 2004. For 25 years, she was the life and light of her immediate and extended family and an entire community […] Read More  »

Mark Hoefen

Mark was 26 years old and living in Florida. He collapsed one day while out with friends and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He was taken to the hospital, where he was fully conscious until he was placed into a drug-induced coma. On the second day […] Read More  »

Kerry O’Connell

My second orthopedic surgeon began each day’s medical record with the phrase “Patient Kerry O’Connell is a very personable 48 year-old male with a very complicated arm.” I grew pretty fond of that brief summary of my life. My complications started when I fell off a […] Read More  »

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