Patient Stories


Houston Methodist Hospital is ranked No. 21 among 1,248 hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for neurology and neurosurgery. U.S. News & World Report has also named Houston Methodist Hospital the No. 1 hospital in Texas every year since the award began and one of the nation’s best as a nationally ranked Honor Roll hospital. Learn more.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) 

Karen Toennis

Karen Toennis brought her husband to Houston Methodist MDA-ALSA Clinic for treatment. Seven years later, she is the clinic coordinator.

Kevin Kinchen

Kevin Kinchen, who has a sporadic form of ALS, discusses how to live every day as if it were the last one. 

Monique Green

Nurse practitioner Monique Green works with HIV patients. She sees the challenges her patients face and sometimes compares them to her own. She is a single mom who has ALS.

Alzheimer's Disease

Janice Sachs

Janice and John Sachs finished each other’s sentences for nearly 50 years. Progression of Janice’s Alzheimer’s disease leaves John to do most of the talking and has changed their family dynamics.

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.

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.

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.

Stratton Muhmel

Stratton was diagnosed with Glioblastoma – an aggressive brain tumor with a median survival timeline of 15 months. Refusing to give up, he came to Houston Methodist after learning about an experimental new treatment that may extend survival timelines for Glioblastoma patients.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.


Britton Cartwright

Britton Cartwright started playing soccer when she was three years old. The headaches she started experiencing as a college player led her to a concussion specialist.

Movement & Functional Disorders

John Sinclair

Patient John Sinclair is a candidate for deep brain stimulation, a Parkinson's disease treatment.


Nicki James Petrelli

At 28, Nicki James Petrelli had an ischemic stroke while attending church. A tPA drug saved her life.

Chris Bolio

Chris Bolio felt clumsy and uncoordinated, bumping into walls and losing balance days after competing in a triathlon. A hole in his heart caused Bolio to suffer a stroke.

Tokashemia Carter

Tokashemia Carter suffered from patent foramen ovale (PFO), or a hole in the heart. The condition contributed to a stroke. Carter participated in a Houston Methodist trial involving a PFO implant.

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »