Patient Stories

Annual Check-Up Saved Jane's Life

Jane went to her primary physician for an annual physical. "I felt good. The next day I was planning to fly to New York City and I was very excited about it." And as she answered the questions typically asked during a physical, something she thought nothing about, concerned her…

Kathy's Sinus Story

Kathy, a Watertown teacher, had difficulty breathing for several years. Dr. Mancell diagnosed her sinus problem and helped her breathe easy again.   

Daryl's Urine Flow Story

Frequent urination is a frequent irritation. Daryl found a better way to treat his condition with Dr. Lanctin, Urologist.  

Josephine's Lymphedema Story

Like many cancer survivors, Josephine developed lymphedema. Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the tissue that causes swelling, most often in the arms or legs, and occasionally in other parts of the body.  Josephine relieves lymphedema symptoms with therapy through Michelle Stark, Certified Lymphedema Therapist. "I think it's one…

Beth's Therapy Story

After breaking her wrist in an accident and being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome Beth Will needed to improve her wrist's functionality. She looked to Occupational Therapist, Michelle Stark for therapy, guidance, and devices. “There's always help and hope, especially through the different therapies they have now through OT (occupational…

Time to Heal

Lorinda had chronic diabetic wounds and drove three days a week to Sioux Falls for care. Then the Wound Care Clinic at Prairie Lakes opened and care came close to home. Watch her story:

It Could Happen to You

Smokers often think that the unthinkable will not happen to them. But one day, DJ noticed something not quite right...

Shera's Cardiac Story

We’ve all seen the movie scenes where a man gasps, clutches his chest and falls to the ground. In reality, it's hard to tell what's happening to you in the moment. Most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Shera had a symptom that isn't common like chest…

Val's Breast Cancer Story

Breast cancer survivor Val Moen is a beacon of good spirits to all who’ve been affected by cancer. She wears a cap adorned with a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon to work at the Coffee Cup Fuel Stop near Summit, SD each day. “Strangers tell me their story or wish…

Stop and Smell the Roses

Charline Peterson has lived on the farm near Willow Lake all her life. Being outdoors and enjoying the fresh air is something she took for granted, until severe breathing problems put her in the hospital. Charline was referred to an out-of-town pulmonologist who visits a local clinic monthly. Many friends…
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