Patient Stories

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS )

KEVIN KINCHEN

Pastor Battles ALS and Inspires Others; Kevin, who has a sporadic form of ALS, talks about how you should live every day as if it were the last one. Learn more »

KAREN TOENNIS

From Caregiver to ALS Coordinator; The first experience Karen had with the Houston Methodist MDA-ALS clinic was to bring her husband there for treatment. Now, seven years later, she works as the clinic coordinator. Learn more »

MONIQUE GREEN

ALS Patient Challenges Become Her Own; Monique is a nurse practitioner who works with HIV patients; she sees the challenges these patients face and sometimes compares them to her own — this single mom has ALS. Learn more »

Alzheimer's

Janice Sachs

Janice and John Sachs have been finishing each other’s sentences for nearly 50 years. The progression of Janice’s Alzheimer’s has left John to do most of the talking and drastically changed their family dynamics. Learn more »

Jim Nantz

CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz shares how his father's struggle with Alzheimer's disease inspired him to help others by establishing the Houston Methodist Nantz National Alzheimer Center (NNAC). Learn more >>

brain & pituitary tumors

MATT FUTER

Survivor from Original Prognosis — Novel Gene Therapy Attacked Brain Tumor; Matt underwent a unique gene therapy to treat his glioblastoma tumor. Learn more »

JED DUPLANTIS

Patient Survives A Sinus Infection that Turned into a Serious Pituitary Brain Tumor; Jed thought he had a sinus infection, only to learn it was a pituitary tumor. Learn more »

Denham Turner

Successful Treatment of Malignant Brain Cancer; Denham was young and healthy, so he was shocked when he was diagnosed with malignant brain cancer. Learn more »

MARCIE LESTER

Left Untreated, This Patient’s Pituitary Tumor Could Have Blinded Her; Marcie underwent minimally invasive surgery to remove a pituitary tumor that would have left her blind had she not sought treatment. Learn more »

KRISTEN DANIELL

Patient Survives Tennis-ball-sized Brain Tumor Through Precision and Advanced Surgery; Kristen began suffering from migraine headaches and paralysis that became progressively worse; tests revealed she had a brain tumor. Learn more »

NANCY GREEN

Awake and Alert During Brain Tumor Surgery, Patient Works in Concert with Surgeons; Nancy was reading a book when suddenly the words became a jumble of meaningless letters; it was the result of a tumor in the portion of the brain that controls speech and interpretation of words. Learn more »

ADNAND MIRZA

Brain Tumor Managed Through Expertise and Advanced Technology of the Peak Center; Adnand was treated for a genetic disorder that disturbs the growth of cells in the nervous system and causes tumors to form on nerve tissue. Learn more »

BELINDA AMBOREE

Survivor of Brain and Pituitary Tumor, Removed Through Advanced, Nonsurgical Endoscopy and Radiation; Belinda experienced a progressive loss of vision which led her to consult with Houston Methodist; they determined she had a pituitary tumor pressing against her optic nerve. Learn more »

DOUG WOOD

Complex Surgery Removed Major Tumor Pressing on Spinal Cord; Doug sustained severe head injuries in a bicycle accident; the treatment for his injuries revealed a significant tumor that was partially compressing his spinal cord. Learn more »

CONCUSSION

BRITTON CARTWRIGHT

Britton Cartwright started playing soccer when she was just three years old, but the headaches she started experiencing while playing in college finally made her see a concussion specialist. Learn more »

MOVEMENT DISORDERS

John Sinclair

Dr. Richard Simpson talks about deep brain stimulation , a treatment for the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Learn more »

STROKE

NICKI JAMES PETRELLI

Ischemic Stroke Survivor due to Life-Saving tPA Drug; Nicki was attending church when it felt like her leg was going numb, then she could not speak or comprehend anything and her entire right side became numb — she was having a stroke at age 28. Learn more »

CHRIS BOLIO

Young and Active, Patient Survives Stroke that Traveled From His Heart to His Brain; Chris found himself feeling clumsy and uncoordinated, bumping into walls and losing his balance a few days after competing in a triathlon — he had suffered a mild stroke as a result of a hole in his heart. Learn more »

Tokashemia Carter

Tokashemia Carter suffered from patent foramen ovale (PFO) or a hole in the heart. The condition contributed to a stroke. She participated in a Houston Methodist trial for a PFO implant. "I'm back to living my life," says Tokashemia. Learn more>>

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JOELLEN YOUNG

Stroke Rehabilitation Brings New Life to a Survivor; JoEllen fell to the floor one day while at work and her co-workers noticed her mouth was sagging; they drove her to Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, where it was determined she had suffered a stroke. Learn more »

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CAROL CANNON

Patient Survives Stroke with Aid of High-Intensity Infrared Light; Carol was at home when her right leg and arm “didn’t feel right”; she was having a life-threatening stroke. Learn more »

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PATRICIA GILBREATH

Stroke Center Helps While Managing Workload and Life to Deal with Stroke; Patricia woke one morning and could not move her left side and her speech was slurred — after arriving at Houston Methodist Hospital, she entered a research study for ischemic stroke. Learn more »

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BRYAN NORSWORTHY

Surviving a Stroke Through a Unique, New Clot-Busting Drug; Brian was talking with his mother on the phone when she noticed his slurred speech — he was having a stroke. Learn more »

US NEWS: NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE RANKED NO. 16 IN THE COUNTRY
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Houston Methodist Neurological Institute is ranked #16 in U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 rankings for national hospitals in neurology and neurosurgery, we have reached this level of excellence by combining practiced skills with continuous learning and the cutting-edge research from the Houston Methodist Research Institute.