Patient Stories

At Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, we're surrounded by incredible stories, and we are constantly moved by the courage and spirit of our patients. In this section, we have chronicled some of the best examples of the awe-inspiring events that we witness every day.


Cancer Center

Aggressive Care Works for Lung Cancer Survivor
Patrick Diener, a 74-year-old former marathon runner, had his right lung removed seven years ago as part of his aggressive treatment for lung cancer.

Back in the Driver's Seat After Brain Tumor Surgery
An entire team of experts collaborated to treat Mike Kubiszewski to ensure that his brain tumor was only a "bump in the road."

Bladder Cancer to Smooth Sailing
When a bladder cancer diagnosis meant removal of his bladder, Mark opted for a reconstructive surgery that fashioned a neobladder from his own tissue.

Breast Cancer Discovered Three Months Before Wedding
In the fall of 2008, Laura Sanders was looking forward to starting a new life with her fiancé, Randy. In September, however, the excitement of their upcoming wedding suddenly took a backseat to unexpected news.

Choices for Breast Cancer Treatment
Mary Jo Tye says some things are out of your control. Like breast cancer. But she did have control over the choice of her care treatment and her care team.

Living Life at Top Speed Again
Harry Wirth is back on his motorcycle and painting again after battling soft tissue sarcoma.

Opting for Plan B
Glenn Arntzen, a 50-year-old IT executive, saw an opportunity and chose a clinical trial to battle lymphoma.

Paying it Forward, Twice
Karen Bauer saw her two cancer clinical trials as a way to help future breast cancer patients.

Personal Care, Connections Help Breast Cancer Patient
When Ann Marie Yorgensen was diagnosed with breast cancer, a friend recommended Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. Ann Marie was impressed with the personalized care she received and now recommends Froedtert & the Medical College to other women.

Sisters Face Cancer Together
Some sisters share everything. For sisters Amanda Nuñez and Liz Oke, that also meant facing two kinds of cancers.

Team Approach Defeats Bladder Cancer
When Gloria Robertson of Brown Deer chose Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, she gained access to the most treatment options possible for her bladder cancer.

Texas Rancher and Executive Tells Her Own Story
Myrna McLeroy leans on her faith as she battles carcinoid tumors that had spread.

World Traveler Gets Help With Cancer Journey
When world traveler Robert Beal was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he called the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Prostate and Urologic Cancer Program and found a team of experts to guide him every step of the way. 

Comprehensive Vein Clinic

Back in Ski Boots
Coleen Rosen is back to enjoying the things that she loves after treatment for varicose veins.

Comprehensive Weight Loss Center

Seven Years and Many Miles
Bariatric surgery patient Brenda Fairfull lost 170 pounds and races around the world to keep it off.

Weight Loss Surgery Brings a Dad Back to His Life
How did Brad Henley celebrate losing 220 pounds? By going to Disney World — with his kids.

"It's a Good Life" Is His Mantra
Marc Messinger views March 27, 2009 as more than just another day in his life — he views it as a second birthday.

A New Man After Taking the Hard Steps
Ivan McClendon no longer has diabetes and has controlled his blood pressure after having bariatric surgery.

A Whole New Life
Christopher Peppas writes his own story about how bariatric surgery changed his life.

Eye Institute

Writer and Artist Seeing Clearly Again

When a basketball injury left artist Rich Koslowski with a severe and lingering case of double vision, he found answers close to home at the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute.

Fertility/Reproductive Medicine Clinic

A Tale of Two Sisters
Sisters Kim Hansen and Kay Durst had completely different fertility challenges and both found success.

Groundbreaking Lab Test Delivers Healthy Twins
Tricia and Eric Fedikovich's first child was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare genetic disorder. A new test allowed Tricia and Eric to grow their family without the risk of passing SMA to the rest of their children.

Surrogacy Gives Couple the Gift of Life
Sarah and Tony Catalano had one child and wanted another. However, cervical cancer and a hysterectomy seemed to shatter that dream — until the couple turned to the Reproductive Medicine Center.

Foot and Ankle Program

Ballet Dancer Back on Her Toes
Jennifer Laux loved ballet and excelled at it, so much so that a chronic ankle problem was not going to keep her off the stage.

General Thoracic Surgery

Able to Hold Her Husband's Hand
Police officer Christine Cronin was unable to hold a gun or her husband's hand because of hyperhidrosis, a condition marked by excessive sweating. Cardiothoracic surgery vastly improved her quality of life.

Heart and Vascular Center

No Transplant Required
After aggressive medical therapy, Sherita Smith no longer needs a heart transplant.

Road to a Healthy Heart
Robert Walton has a new appreciation for life after the gift of a new heart.

Researcher Becomes Patient
Ellen Lorimer finds out just how quickly life can change.

Second Opinion Keeps Story Happy
Mikel Holt has his own story to tell after Cardiac Second Opinion.

Second Opinion Yields Happy Ending
By seeking a cardiac second opinion, Jeanette Bullock minimized the risks involved in treating her heart condition.

Teacher Learns About Froedtert
When a sudden heart attack at school stopped teacher Henri Rozier’s heart, he only cared about one thing: living. The experts at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Heart and Vascular Center restored blood flow to his heart and gave him a second chance at life.

Neurosciences Center

Brain Imaging Helps Surgeons Pinpoint Seizures
New brain imaging technology allowed surgeons to pinpoint the source of Amanda Momberg's seizures.

Back on Dance Floor After Deep Brain Stimulation
Janice Blazich is back to dancing after getting help through a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation that eased her Parkinson's disease symptoms.

Teamwork, Support Help Woman Cope With Parkinson's Paula Moore benefits from a team of experts to deal with Parkinson's disease.

Epilepsy Patient Now Seizure-Free
Seizure-free since surgery, Kerry Rathburn also no longer needs medication.

Sportsman Enjoys Outdoors Again
Wayne Beno is back to enjoying the outdoors after deep brain stimulation surgery for his Parkinson's disease.

"Awake" Patient Hits Road After Surgery
Todd McMahon is back behind the wheel after "awake" surgery successfully treated his epileptic seizures.

Going Where Others Will Not
Neurologists treat John Lawrence's "inoperable" stroke.

Back in the Race Following a Stroke
Determined to run a marathon with his brother, Matthew Gizelbach endured miles of roadwork, hours of training — and a stroke. Participation in a clinical trial helped get Matthew back on the road and across the finish line.

Primary Care

Checkup Leads to Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Stan Kaminski says he is the luckiest man alive, after a routine checkup revealed a rare leukemia.

Sleep Disorders Program

Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
After a two-stage surgical procedure for enlarged tonsils, Jack Smith is sleeping soundly.

Making the Right Diagnosis
When a person has a sleep disorder, the right diagnosis and treatment can make all the difference. No one knows this better than Ken Neidert.

SpineCare Program

Coordinated Care for Back Pain Makes All the Difference
Always active, Elizabeth Buresh was slowed down by back pain. Unable to find relief through other providers, she sought a second opinion for diagnosis and the coordinated care of SpineCare. Today she’s back to an active lifestyle.

Team Approach is Just His Dish
Joe Lopiparo of Franklin, Wis., had suffered from back trouble for more than 25 years, so it was no surprise when back pain struck in 2010. This time, however, it was different.

SpineCare Means Team Approach
Patient Bob Haebig found out that he was a vital part of the multidisciplinary team assembled for his treatment.

Sports Medicine Center

Skater Seeks Extra Edge
When Olympic speed skater Ryan Leveille wanted an extra edge, he turned to the Performance Enhancement Program (PEP) at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Center.  

Sports Enthusiast Gets His Game Back
Performance Enhancement Program helps Jon Brackett get back in shape and get back in the game.

Together, Twins Endure Rehab
Milwaukee Wave twins, Todd and Troy Dusosky are injured and healed together.

Transplant Center

Liver Transplant Means Return to Normal Life
For Debbie Fleming, a liver transplant meant a return to normal life, and being a grandma.

Trauma Center

Road to Recovery Started in Trauma Center
After being hit by a car, Greg Phelps survived his injuries and is putting his life back together thanks to family, friends and the Trauma Center.

Back in Step After Trauma Care
Katie Mistarz of Northbrook, Illinois, receives advanced trauma care after a snowboarding trip takes a life-threatening turn.