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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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Featured Patient Story

Lymphoma: Raine's Story
Lymphoma: Raine's Story Cancer Care
After experiencing blood loss resulting in a visit to the ER, Raine received a colonoscopy which identified within a day later that he had Large B-cell Lymphoma. This colonoscopy was the first step in the journey to cure his stage 4 cancer. Here he shares his experience with cancer and the wonderful care and treatment he received from the staff at Coborn Cancer Center.
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  • Caregiver: Sharon's Story Cancer Care

    It helped me feel more positive, like life was coming back to me.

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  • William Marthaler

    I am grateful to St. Cloud Hospital and their commitment to heart treatments, all of which seemed futuristic to me.

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  • Hunter's Story Orthopedics

    Today I can run, work — there is nothing that I haven’t been able to not do yet. Everything is a little more challenging, but I can still do it.

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  • Lymphoma: Raine's Story Cancer Care

    I was lucky enough to develop a condition that led to a required colonoscopy. I wasn’t yet fifty and wouldn’t have elected to get one. However, that led to early detection of my cancer and I believe saved my life. There is no reason to wait or put it off.

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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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