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...]

Ice Sculpture Resonates with People Touched by Cancer

On April 27, Virginia Mason made cancer disappear. Five-foot tall letters made of ice spelled the disease, then slowly broke apart into icy rubble under blue sky at Seattle’s Westlake Center. Part of the “See What’s Happening to Cancer” campaign, … [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...]

Kidney Paired Donation: New Strategy to Benefit Transplant Patients

Valeri Dean’s 32-year-old daughter, Jamie, was determined to give her mom a kidney, but she wasn’t even eligible to be tested. Valeri’s kidney disease was possibly genetic, so a blood relative’s donation was too risky. Valeri’s husband, Ken, had … [Read more...]

Food Allergies Motivate Boys to Contribute to Research

Most kids take a backpack to school for their books and lunches. But since they were 4 and 7 years old, Aaron and Justin carry their backpacks everywhere. They are filled with lifesaving medications including epinephrine auto injectors and Benadryl. … [Read more...]

Hip Replacement Surgery: An Engineer’s Story

Chris Eichinger, ‘Virginia Mason Lives Up to Its Values’ Chris Eichinger and his wife, Azenith, finally built their dream home last year in Olympia. When it was finished, they hired movers but, as often happens, Chris the homeowner did a lot of … [Read more...]

Cancer: One Patient’s Journey to Health

We are proud to share the 2013 Virginia Mason Annual Report. Read about our patients, the treatment they received at Virginia Mason and how it has improved their lives. Georgia Hartness’ Long Journey to Health For more than 20 years, Georgia … [Read more...]

Ten observations from a short [Virginia Mason] hospital stay

 *** Glen Melin recounts his recent stay at Virginia Mason Hospital through 10 observations and a dash of humor. Thank you , Glen, for allowing us to share this with our readers.  *** When you pass gas in the hospital after surgery, people … [Read more...]

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) Helps a Patient Live the Life She Wants

Advanced Lung Surgery Lets Nancy Smith Enjoy Active Lifestyle Nancy Smith was pretty sure she had found the right surgeon when her oldest daughter looked at his picture and said, “Mom, look at those gentle eyes.” A Virginia Mason patient since the … [Read more...]