Adult Patient Stories

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."

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.



Veronica Picard

Veronica 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 Beck

Lauren 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!


Alice Reese, Patient Advisory Board Member

Alice 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.