Back to Life: Bill Walton's Story

Bill Walton wears a lot of hats: NBA legend, broadcaster, father and friend. Some may associate him with his bold political activism or his intense dedication to the Grateful Dead. Bill figures that he’s attended more than 1,000 of their shows over the past 52 years. But, these days, Bill is screaming and shouting on behalf of a different group: the medical technology community.

Seeing the Big Picture: Lisa Bridges’ Story

More than 1.7 million Americans will receive a cancer diagnosis this year. Many of them will hear the words, “You have breast cancer.” But thanks to advancements in medical technology and rapid health progress, many of them will also hear, “There’s a treatment that can help you.”

A Dancer’s Battle with Cancer: Chiara Valle’s Story

When 19-year-old professional ballerina Chiara Valle noticed nagging pain in her hip, she chalked it up to her physically demanding rehearsal and performance schedule. But doctors would discover something much more menacing. Ewing’s sarcoma, an extremely rare bone cancer, had attacked Chiara’s leg and threatened serious consequences: even amputation.

A Startling Diagnosis

Learning Pain Together: Tracey's Story

21 years ago, a toy computer fell on Tracey’s foot, fracturing two of her toes and crushing her toe knuckles. Tracey figured the usual treatments would solve the problem in no time: rest, ice, elevation and a regimen of over-the-counter pain medication. But more than two weeks after the accident, Tracey’s entire leg was boiling with pain.

From Mystery to Remedy: Laura’s Story

Elementary school teacher Laura Hall figured that her lingering cough was a nasty cold. Then, doctors suggested it might be acid reflux or the flu. In reality, Laura was infected with tuberculosis (TB), a contagious lung ailment that remains one of the deadliest infectious diseases in the world.

Laura’s diagnosis eluded her health care team until it was almost too late. But, fortunately, intelligent diagnostics can help others avoid learning their lesson the hard way.

A Cough that Wouldn’t Quit