Living with Fatty Liver Disease: Karen’s Story

She has dealt with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease almost as long as she has been in her 42-year nursing career. For 62-year-old Cle Elum resident, Karen Anne Anderson, RN, that means she has practiced what she preaches – being her own best health … [Read more...]

Integrated Behavioral Health: Taking Care of the Body and Mind

A Virginia Mason patient for 32 years, Tom Cyr visited his primary care physician with some familiar complaints. He had back pain, a side effect from a hard physical career, and his damaged knee – a decades-long condition requiring multiple surgeries … [Read more...]

Facing Prostate Cancer: Michael’s Story

To return his doctor’s phone call, Michael Webb found a remote office in his building and shut the door. A recent blood test showing an uptick in Michael’s prostate-specific antigen, or PSA – a protein produced by prostate cells – had prompted a … [Read more...]

Healing Sounds: The Power of Therapeutic Music

Jessica Gallo rolled her half-size harp into a patient’s room, finding her hunched in a tight ball, her face contorted in pain. It was intolerable, the patient told her, but Jessica learned from the patient’s nurse she had just received her … [Read more...]

GERD, Barrett’s Esophagus and the Risk for Esophageal Cancer

**By Donald E. Low, MD, FACS** Ellensburg resident Kathleen (Kathi) Brunson is lucky and she knows it. Her good fortune – namely in the form of better health – is something she’s thankful for every day. The 75-year-old Japanese-American, who was … [Read more...]

Awareness and Surveillance: Critical Tools in the Fight Against Anal Cancer

**By David Aboulafia, MD** Anal cancer is a subject most people would rather not discuss, because of its anatomical location, along with an unfortunate stigma attached to the malignancy. Although tragic, actress Farrah Fawcett’s openness about her … [Read more...]

Staying a Lifelong Runner: Tony’s Story

"Always running." That's what Tony Williams, 50, is always doing and it's also the name of his company, Always Running, where he helps people safely reach their fitness goals. "We stress taking care of your body first," says Tony, and he often … [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...]

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...]

Advanced Procedure Makes Heart Valve Replacement Possible for More Patients

When Bob Partridge’s cardiologist told him it was time to treat his faulty heart valve, Bob was very aware of the problem. He couldn’t walk the 14 steps from his basement to the kitchen without stopping to catch his breath or even make it across his … [Read more...]