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Life Saving Testing

73-year-old Bob Roper is living his retirement to the fullest. He is a retired attorney and investment executive who enjoys spending time with his wife Ellen along with their two kids and four grandkids whom they often travel to see in Texas and California. Bob is quick to tell you his life would be much different if he hadn’t gotten a PSA test several years ago.

My New Normal

Winter months are notorious for cold and flu season, and in February 2016, Emily Hawkins was sick. Without a primary doctor, she went to an urgent care center. Within nine days, she returned to the clinic five times, walking away with diagnoses of strep throat and thrush – but finding no relief for her malaise or the headaches and fatigue she felt. Emily went to Boone Hospital Center to have some tests done.

A Happy Ending

Dana first noticed a lump in her neck when she was singing in the car. She was driving alone and casually scratched an itch on her neck. Her first thought was that it must be another infection causing her lymph nodes to swell, just like one that happened earlier that year. But instead of going down over time, the lump got bigger.

Pregnant, With Cancer

There’s really no rhyme or reason to pregnancy symptoms. Morning sickness, fatigue, food aversions — as far as anyone can tell, it mostly comes down to luck.

As she carried her first child earlier this year, Tanna Niemeier seemed to have especially bad luck. She found herself suffering a painful hemorrhoid outbreak — a problem some moms face while pregnant.


Giving Back
If you walk into Boone Hospital Center’s lobby, you may see Charlie Gibbens extending a warm smile while wearing his signature volunteer red vest. He’ll probably ask you if you need any help finding your way and offer you a hug if you look like you need one.
Supportive Care Program Encourages Patient Through Decades Of Hospitalizations

"When I am hospitalized, it can be a scary. Boone does everything it can to make things better for me. I’m Catholic, and I appreciate having a priest come to my bed and praying with me during my stay and even bring me communion,” says Cindy. “I also love how the volunteers bring me cards from my family and friends during my stay. I hold them close to me while I sleep and they make me feel so much better. I even get massages and manicures right in my hospital bed! There is nothing like human touch to make you feel better when you are ill. This is a very special place.”

Sending A Message
Jeff Bergman’s life is dedicated to living and working at his fullest potential — and helping others do the same. His background in the arenas of public speaking and human potential has positioned him to inspire individuals and organizations to create a culture of greatness.
Supportive Care
When someone is nearing the end of life, there is nothing more comforting than the closeness of friends and family. This is the idea behind the new double bed at the Stewart Cancer Center at Boone Hospital.
Teacher Says “Don’t Put Off Screening”
Kathleen Metter knew when she turned 50 that she should schedule a routine colonoscopy. As a biology teacher at Hickman High School, where she teaches 10th graders, Kathleen wasn’t squeamish. “Nobody likes to talk about the colon, but it’s a part of us. But everybody’s busy and has to find the time for screening.” 
From Cavity To Cancer
Until late 2013, John Johnson had lived a remarkably healthy life. Even as he neared 70 years old, his body remained in near-peak condition. John credited his health to a lifetime of hard work, martial arts, long bike rides and natural medicine practices. At the time, it seemed like his only weak spot was his upper set of teeth, which had become broken and infected.  
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