Patient Stories

The doctors and staff of Houston Methodist have helped thousands of patients — from across the Greater Houston area and around the world — to recover their health and get back to enjoying their lives. Click the links below to see some of their stories.

Darrel’s Story: Treating Eye Cancer

Darrell describes how a routine eye exam led to diagnosis of uveal melanoma, a rare eye cancer. His doctor in Alaska referred him to Houston Methodist.

Marty’s Story: Weight Loss Success 

At 424 pounds, Marty Thompson knew he was overweight. Houston Methodist's Weight Management Center helped him lose 215 pounds in less than a year without surgery.

Karen’s Story: From Caregiver to ALS Clinic Coordinator

Karen Toennis' husband was a Houston Methodist MDA-ALS Clinic patient. Seven years later, she is the clinic coordinator.

Brian’s Story: A Successful Heart Transplant

After a congenital heart condition known as acquired prolonged QT interval syndrome, which led to a diagnosis of congestive heart failure, Brian Gilliam successfully received a heart transplant at Houston Methodist. 

Mark’s Story: His Experience With Atrial Fibrillation 

Mark Staudt was a devoted marathon runner until a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation stopped him in his tracks. Just two months after having catheter ablation treatment at Houston Methodist, he ran a half-marathon. 

Keeping the Houston Ballet One Step Ahead

Did you know male ballet dancers lift more than 2,000 pounds during a performance? That is a lot of wear and tear on joints. Learn how Houston Methodist keeps performers in top shape.