One minute Krista Charley, 19, was enjoying her last summer before leaving for college, hiking and rock climbing with friends.
The next, she was barely hanging on to consciousness, suffering a fractured hip, broken bones in her face and injuries to her internal organs during a 20-foot fall from the face of a cliff at Mineral Wells State Park.
A routine dental appointment led to a devastating discovery for Nick McMillon.
An X-ray revealed a void in the middle of his jawbone near his chin that his dentist initially thought was an abscess. Upon further investigation, however, the problem turned out to be much more serious: It was a tumor that created a hole about the size of a quarter in McMillon’s mandible.
When Fort Worth resident Jennifer Beyer learned she had breast cancer, she didn’t have any doubt that she was going to beat the disease.
“I didn’t know what God’s plan was for me,” Beyer, 45, said about her reaction to the startling diagnosis. “But I knew that it wasn’t to lay down in a bed and die. I still have too much that I want and need to do. I’m a single mom of two kids.”
Elizabeth Pegueros received the diagnosis no one wants to hear.
The 32-year-old mother of an eight-year-old daughter didn’t think much of her persistent cough. She always took good care of herself by getting plenty of exercise, ate right and didn’t smoke. She was confident it was just allergies or maybe a lingering infection to blame. Besides, she didn’t have health insurance. So, she thought, why waste money going to the doctor just to be told there wasn’t really anything that could done?
When Joyce Pierce came to JPS Health Network, a serious hernia was taking away her life bit by bit.
A bowling ball-sized protrusion of her intestines through her abdominal wall made it difficult, if not impossible, to perform even the everyday tasks many of us take for granted.
“I could barely roll over in bed, much less get any exercise,” Pierce said. “I couldn’t even hold my grandbaby. It was really difficult to do much of anything at all.”