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Patient Stories

You want to know that your health care providers truly care about you and your family. Providing patients with the ideal health care experience is our goal at CentraCare. Below, you will find stories from real CentraCare patients — about their experiences with our hospital, medical providers, and staff. We hope these will give you more of an idea of what to expect when you come to one of our hospitals or clinics in Central Minnesota for your health care needs.

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Melanoma: Rosemary's Story
Melanoma: Rosemary's Story Cancer Care
A Bridge of Hope In 2014, Rosemary Reimenschneider of St. Cloud found a small bump inside her nose. She had two sinus infections, and after months, the infections worsened into painful sinusitis. The mass started to bleed and had grown to the point it made breathing difficult. That’s when Rosemary knew she had to visit her doctor. The mass was quickly removed, but nobody expected the devastating biopsy results that followed. ...
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  • Yvonne Crandall Heart & Vascular Care

    A lot of people checked to see how I was doing. A doctor said a prayer with me, and a housekeeper gave me little angel pin. I just appreciated this so much — they made me feel special.

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  • Blue Bands Can Save Lives of Pregnant Women and New Moms Birthing Services

    I had friends and family in New York who died of preeclampsia. I thought ‘this can’t be happening to us, please God, please God, don’t make this happen.’ I knew every moment could be life or death.

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  • Sandy’s Story Addiction Services

    I was 57 and at the end of my rope. I felt helpless and hopeless. I thought I would surely die a drunken mess. But God saved me — physically, mentally and spiritually.

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  • Courtney's Story Stroke Care

    When I got to the ER, I looked up and recognized a nurse I had once shadowed during my time in nursing school. He had been a mentor to me. I admire and have so much trust in his ability to provide care that I knew I was going to be OK.

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  • Sue's Story Stroke Care

    Sue’s advice to others, “I would recommend that people with a risk of stroke should make sure those close to them know symptoms, and call 911 immediately.

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  • Terry’s Story Surgery

    It really amazed me. I think I had maybe two or three tiny incisions. When I got home, I felt OK.

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  • Melanoma: Rosemary's Story Cancer Care

    Don’t cross bridges until you get to them. Just take it one day at a time. When you have that perspective, you always can find a positive side — no matter how bad it is.

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  • Brady's Story Brain & Spine Care

    I remember passing our doctor a week later in the ICU... He stopped and told me, ‘I don’t know what to tell you other than your son is a miracle. I wouldn’t have expected this. I don’t know who you have praying for him, but I want you to have them pray for me too.’

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  • Jay K's Story Heart & Vascular Care

    If someone told me that I would have to have a bypass, I wouldn’t have believed them. My family has no history of heart problems. I’ve never considered myself inactive or overweight – this is the last thing I ever would have expected.

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  • Doug R's Story Heart & Vascular Care

    For Doug, a visit to the emergency room in Brainerd to check on his heart suddenly turned into a helicopter flight where Doug coded three times during the trip to St. Cloud Hospital.

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