Many of us have scars that remind us of our past. As a child, maybe you took a tumble climbing on furniture or fell off your bike. Perhaps your scar came from playing sports or a vehicle accident. Scars tell a story of perseverance and in some cases, survival.
On this website, you will find the personal stories of five individuals from different walks of life who sought expert care for various medical conditions at UF Health. They share what their scars mean to them, and why they wear them with pride. Their health care providers and loved ones tell their stories from different points of view. These stories remind us that no two people are alike, which is why staff and physicians at UF Health tailor care to each and every patient they serve.
Greyhounds are loving and gentile creatures; full of energy. They need owners who can keep up with them, and that’s exactly what Lori Gilstrap and her husband, Tommy, have been doing for years –keeping up with rescued greyhounds. In 2011, Lori’s sudden and unexplained exhaustion kept her from doing this and many other things she enjoys. After finally being diagnosed with a rare vein disease, UF Health was able to give Lori her energy back so she could get back to doing what she loves most.
When a trip to the E.R. turned into a cancer diagnosis, Mazzy Jester thought her dreams were unraveling at the seams. University of Florida health physicians worked quickly to create a personalized treatment plan just for her. Now, Mazzy is cancer-free and can get back to designing the life she imagines.
Some people will explain transplant as a second chance at life. For Izabella, a heart-lung transplant was her only chance for survival. Using a multidisciplinary team approach, University of Florida Health physicians designed a treatment plan especially for Izabella’s rare congenital disease. Now, Izabella dances to the beat of her own heart.
To Corey, his scar means survival. To us, it means he’s one of a kind. His epilepsy stole his independence and his family’s freedom. But a unique treatment plan changed all of that. Now, Corey’s seizure-free, and he proudly wears his scar as a symbol of survival.
Without a perfectly designed spine surgery, Delores Lewis faced a future of being dependent on others. Her neurosurgery team developed a plan to fit her, precisely.
Rebekah Gaudet had her whole life ahead of her when she was diagnosed with aggressive bone cancer. Her team of doctors created a plan just for her, stopping the cancer — and saving her arm.