Patient Stories

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  • Personal Trainer Strikes Back at Lung Cancer

    Frank McKenna remembers being stunned when his doctor told him the annoying cough he was experiencing was a symptom of lung cancer.

  • Facing cancer together: How a caring provider makes it a little easier

    “I realize I’m about to give life-changing news to not just the patient, but also to her immediate family,” Dr. Newbrough says. “Initially, my goal isn't to overwhelm anyone with medical facts, but just to be in the moment, not as a doctor, but as a friend, and help get to a point where the patient is comfortable with the process and what we need to do next. Sentara does a good job of scheduling patients quickly. That’s the reason I had my mother travel here from Ohio to receive care.”

  • A new way to treat bowed leg

    About 14 months after her first surgery with Dr. Campbell, Natashia saw the rewards: She gained three inches in height.

  • From a stroke to a new lifestyle

    “Jeff’s left side is functioning at 100 percent, while he hasn’t regained feeling on his right side yet. Most people wouldn’t notice… He regularly walks at the oceanfront, Norfolk Botanical Garden and the gym.”

  • Treating a wakeup stroke

    “They took me into a room at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital that was dark, like an X-ray room, “Kelly says. “I could see Dr. Gaughen turning something from the side and something like a TV screen above me so he could watch where he was going.” Dr. Gaughen was performing a thrombectomy, a clot removal procedure.