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Patient Stories

The people we serve are at the heart of everything we do. By making an impact in a person’s life, we’re living out our mission of creating healthier communities. Each person we heal has their own story of what the care CHI St. Luke’s Health provided meant to them. Learn more behind the medicine from these patient stories.

Bob Baylor

When Bob Baylor was first diagnosed with cancer, he was given traditional radiation treatments. But in 2009, he learned that the cancer had returned when a malignant spot was found on the lower left lobe of his lung. Bob had never heard of Cyberknife® technology, but his physicians at CHI St. Luke's Hospital told him it was a better treatment option for his lung cancer. Today, he is thankful...

Nick Godkin

Nick Godkin is a retired electrician and lives happily on his ranch north of Houston with his wife. He has always kept busy with the garden, animals, and daily chores. When he noticed his vision was getting blurry, he decided to go to the doctor. Surprisingly, they discovered he had a brain tumor. Having trusted a CHI St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital physician with his mother's care, he chose...

Melenda Jeter

Courageously, the 38-year-old radiation oncologist has been battling lupus, which affected her lungs and kidneys. While receiving kidney dialysis last year, Melenda Jeter tried to walk to a scale to weigh herself. Suddenly, she experienced a “heavy” sensation in her left arm and leg. Moments later, she was lying in a chair surrounded by nurses shouting, “stroke protocol, stroke protocol!” She was...

Kaitlin Foster

Kaitlin Foster, a 20-year-old college student, has worked most of her life to overcome a serious obstacle–epilepsy. When Kaitlin was only three years old, she began experiencing recurring seizures. After seeing multiple doctors, Kaitlin was prescribed medication to control her convulsions.  For the next seven years, she was able to live episode-free and function confidently. While observing her...

Bob Ruff

Bob Ruff was working late on a Friday afternoon when he began to feel ill. “It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest,” says Bob, then 62, a technical analyst for a rigging equipment supplier in Houston. “My throat and both sides of my neck were burning,” he says. “My jaw was hurting.” Although he had no history of heart problems, Bob’s grandfather died of a heart attack.  Bob, having...

A.J. Foyt

Indy Car Racing Legend A.J. Foyt doesn't like to go slow. You may have heard he won the Indy 500 four times! A.J. knows the importance of good maintenance so he chose to come to Texas Heart® Institute at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center when he needed to check his heart health. The physicians found a blockage in one of his arteries, inserted a stent, and A.J. was back on the road in record time...