Adult Patient Stories


Mike Oates

Mike shares his cardiovascular surgery success.


Shana CunninghamShana Cunningham

For 42-year-old Shana Cunningham, listening to her mother-in-law just might have saved her life.  When Shana turned 40, she celebrated by doing what her mother-in-law, Wallette suggested: Getting her first mammogram.  During her second mammogram at age 41, the radiologist at our Breast Health Center spotted something concerning on Shana's 3D mammogram and follow-up ultrasound.  Shana soon learned she had breast cancer with tumors in both breasts.  Shana had a lumpectomy on both sides, as well as a regimen of chemotherapy and radiation at the GRU Cancer Center.  A year later, Shana is a proud cancer survivor who takes every moment she can to share her mother-in-law's good advice, "The most important thing is to get your mammogram," Shana says.  "Early detection saved me.  Women need to take screenings seriously."


Carolyn Bowen

At the age of 37, Carolyn began undergoing treatments for MS.  After she began to regain control of her life, Carolyn was given the earth-shattering news that she had breast cancer.  She had a mastectomy and radiation treatment, but nearly three years later, the cancer had returned.  The physicians and staff at the GRU Cancer Center stepped in and helped Carolyn battle and win the fight against cancer.  Through their expertise, love and compassion, they helped bring Carolyn out of her darkest time.  "I love them like family," she said. "They took care of me, walked me down the halls, took me outside, held my hand, they really cared. I wasn't a number."


Rich Baker

Rich shares his weight loss surgery success. Congratulations, Rich!


Joey GainesJoey Gaines

For the first 32 years, Joey's life was epilepsy.  By his 32nd birthday he was having approximately 800 seizures a year.  His condition became debilitating and he could either have the surgery or his next seizure could be fatal.  Now 15 years after the surgery that saved his life, Joey is leading a full life.  He attributes his success to God, his loving wife Linda, and his physicians.  Joey is now doing things he was never able to do like driving safely, motorcycle riding, and even skydiving!  He is living a fulfilling and complete life thanks to the Georgia Regents Epilepsy Center.


Chantiay HowardChantiay Howard

In late 2004, Chantiay performed her monthly self check and found something out of the ordinary. After visiting the doctor, she received the horrible news, "You have breast cancer.”. With the support of family Chantiay was motivated to fight the disease. In April of 2005, she had surgery to remove the cancer, but still had to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment. After participating in GRHealth’s Breast Cancer Support Group, she felt more positive and ready to start the new chapter in her life.  She is a proud survivor of 10 years and advises all women, young or old, to “touch and feel the ta-tas…it can change your life forever!”



Pam shares her weight loss surgery success. Congratulations, Pam!


Veronica PicardVeronica Picard

Veronica was training for the Chicago marathon and injured her foot in August of 2012. She didn't think that she would be able to run the race given that it was in less than 2 months. Dr. Szabo treated her injury and helped her run her best race ever in 4 hours and 7 minutes!


Lauren BeckLauren Beck

Lauren was in an earth-shattering car accident in the summer of 2013.  She suffered from a broken pelvis, ruptured spleen, and numerous other injuries.  After a few weeks in the hospital, Lauren began her rehabilitation.  She is now running and weight lifting and beginning her promising career as a high school teacher!


Cindy Raybould

Cindy is thankful for the relief she found after surgery with Dr. Parnell and the urogynecology team in Women's Health. Thanks to her procedure, she can live a full life with complete control of her bladder health.


Alice ReeseAlice Reese

As a 14-year breast cancer survivor, I know firsthand how scary medical tests and procedures can be. That's why I agreed to be a patient adviser. The advisory board played an integral role in the design of the new Breast Health Center. We provided critical input from the patient’s perspective on every aspect—from interior design to procedures. We were also able to create the first breast cancer support group at Georgia Regents Medical Center. It's clear to me that Georgia Regents Medical Center genuinely cares about the overall well being of the patient and family. They understand that there is more to health care than medicine and treatment. You can really see the difference patient-and family-centered care makes at Georgia Regents Medical Center.


Gyalia RutledgeGyalia Rutledge

Gyalia received a posterior pelvic floor repair and hitch of bladder from Dr. Parnell in the Women's Health department at GRHealth.  She was pleasantly surprised by her experience. She usually dealt with very bad nausea after surgery, but did not have any issues during or post surgery.  She is thankful for the staff who were extremely prompt and attentive to her needs to keep her pain free.  She was impressed by the effective communication between GRHealth staff, nurses and doctors who all worked together to ensure she received the best possible care.  She is thankful to the day surgery team, the OR team for Women's surgery and Dr. Brent Parnell for providing "the absolute best medical care with excellent customer service."