Meet the Dog Who’s a Weapon Against IBD

Jenn White has a secret weapon for coping with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - A French bulldog-Boston terrier mix, named after a rock legend: Jagger. Jagger is more than Jenn’s emotional support animal, he’s a kindred spirit who also suffers … [Read more...]

Surviving Breast Cancer: Linda’s Story

I'm Linda and I'm 68 years old. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. When I had my regular mammogram, something didn't look right. They wanted me to come back for another mammogram and ultrasound. That showed a possible tumor and a … [Read more...]

Lifelong Heart Health Requires Awareness and Action

**By J. Susie Woo, MD** As a cardiologist, I diagnose and treat heart disease – our country’s leading cause of death – across a broad spectrum of patients. Although the goal is to always individualize treatment based on a person’s unique condition, … [Read more...]

A Heart Back in Rhythm: Dominik’s Story

Prior to his recent experience at Virginia Mason, Dominik Musafia, 47, was "a skeptic of modern medicine." That's why it took him a while to see a doctor when he was having health problems. A divorce attorney, Dominik is used to stress and fatigue … [Read more...]

Surviving Prostate Cancer: Bill’s Story

My name is Bill and I am a software engineer. In the fall of 2010, I was sitting on my father's front porch in Milwaukee when I got the call confirming I had prostate cancer, the same disease that had killed my grandfather and was about to end my … [Read more...]

Surviving Renal Cell Cancer: Yaffa’s Story

My name is Yaffa Grace Penski. I am 45 years old, married and have four children ages 14, 13, 10 and 8 months. I am a career coach, life coach and recruiter. And my husband and I have a small fitness studio on Mercer Island for adults and kids. I … [Read more...]

Surviving Pancreatic Cancer: Kris’s story

My name is Kris and I'm happy to say I turned 63 in April 2015. When I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Jan. 6, 2011, it was a very, very dark day. At that time, I had a teenage son and daughter, two Bichon Frises, a bunny and a wonderful … [Read more...]

Surviving Lymphoma: Matthew’s Story

My name is Matthew. I'm a city manager and I live in Ellensburg, Wash., with my wife and two children. We love doing outdoor things like camping and bike riding and treasure our annual trip to Disneyland. We are all proper Disney nerds! Two years … [Read more...]