Patient Stories

A place to be heard

Whitney Schutten
The Women’s Wellness and Counseling Service at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics provides specialized care for women with mental health concerns related to pregnancy, childbirth, or reproductive health.

Compassion and individualized care led to Heidi's happy ending

Heidi Cohen and her child
Heidi Ridenour, of Davenport, Iowa, discusses her experience with reproductive endocrinology, working with Jessica Kresowik, MD, at the University of Iowa Health Care Women’s Health Clinic in Davenport.

Katy sought peace through IUI but found so much more

Katy Miller family
Katy Miller, of Milan, Illinois, discusses her experience with reproductive endocrinology, working with Jessica Kresowik, MD, at the University of Iowa Health Care Women’s Health Clinic in Davenport.

Elizabeth's journey to a healthy pregnancy and baby

Elizabeth VanCamp holds her child
Elizabeth VanCamp, of Davenport, Iowa, discusses her experience with reproductive endocrinology, working with Jessica Kresowik, MD, at the University of Iowa Health Care Women’s Health Clinic in Davenport.

After TAVR procedure, Henry has his breath, and his normal life, back

When Henry Royer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, found himself struggling for breath even during simple activities like walking a few hundred feet, he knew it was time to see his cardiologist.

Expert hand surgery and hope get Ray back to a normal life after tragedy

Ray Eshelman works in his garden
While cutting the last piece of PVC pipe he needed to complete his hydroponic growing system, Ray Eshelman lost control of his mitre saw. The blade caught his right hand and cut it severely. Orthopedic surgeon Joseph A. Buckwalter V, MD, worked late into the night to save the hand, which had almost been cut off completely.

Ultrasound diagnosis saves Julie from weeks of unnecessary pain after thumb injury

While bowling with friends, Julie Lensing slipped and fell on her left hand. A trip to the emergency room at a community hospital confirmed that she hadn’t fractured any bones. But the pain and swelling only got worse, and she couldn’t grip anything with her left hand.

A Family Experience with Gender Transition from the Parent’s Perspective

Bruce and Mary Harreld speak with Nicole Nisly, MD, about what they experienced when their daughter transitioned.

Heart of the matter

Mark Deakyne was watching a TV comedy with friends when he started laughing hysterically and uncontrollably. Standing up to get a drink, his heart began racing and he became so lightheaded he felt like he might pass out. Scared, Deakyne didn’t say anything to anyone.

Livia returns to the softball field better than ever after surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

Livia Williams catches a softball
As a freshman softball player at Iowa City West High School, Livia Williams noticed during practices and games that her throwing arm would often feel numb and her hand would get swollen.

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