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Patient Stories

Baystate Health patients tell their stories, from diagnosis to treatment.
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Ted Papoutsakis with his bike

Skeptical Patient Convinced: Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Teddy Papoutsakis didn't see the need to get a lung cancer screening, even though he met the criteria. He felt fine. But his doctor finally convinced him to get it done. That decision probably saved his life.
Michelle bail

Leukemia patient Michelle Bail celebrates four years cancer free

Michelle Bail never thought she would be fighting for her life five years ago during the holiday season.

David Manning working out in pulmonary rehab gym

David Manning Not Letting COPD Slow Him Down

David Manning, 66, fights the effects of COPD with help from Baystate's medically supervised pulmonary rehabilitation program.

Johnalee Lopez

Springfield preemie goes home just in time for the holiday

Johnalee Lopez was born at Baystate Medical Center on August 22, three months ahead of schedule. She was originally due the week of Thanksgiving on November 22. Now, she will be able to spend the holiday at home with her family.

Colon Cancer Surgery Gets Northfield Man Back to What He Loves (Video)

When Peter Blake of Northfield went for his routine colonoscopy, it turned out to be anything but routine. Watch as he shares his story.

Robert Bowse Back in Action Thanks to Shoulder Surgery, Times Two

Robert Bowse is an active guy. When he injured his shoulder, he was afraid he'd have to cut back, but surgery got him back in the game. Then he injured his other shoulder.
Maureen Rizzolo discussing her procedure

Fecal Transplant Gives Maureen Rizzolo Her Life Back

Maureen Rizzolo isn’t sure where she acquired clostridium difficile, an infection more commonly known as “C. diff,” but she was afraid she was going to die from it. Learn about the surprising treatment that gave her back her life.

Suffield Family Thriving Following IVF Treatments

Laura Martorello knew she wanted to be a mother, and was not going to allow the lack of a husband keep her from her dream. That's when she turned to the team at Baystate Reproductive Medicine, who have become a major part of her growing family. 

Back To Biking: Westfield Native Gets Double Knee Replacement Surgeries

When Kelly Pelkey's knees began to fail her, she knew she needed to take action.


Successful Lung Surgery Eliminates Cancer Threat

Patricia Purdy of Westfield had an abnormal pain on the side of her body, and immediately went to have it examined by her primary care physician. She did not expect that such an ordinary ailment would lead to a serious, yet successful, lung surgery. 

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Backpack Basics for Back to School

August 14, 2018

Backpacks are essential. But if they're too heavy or worn incorrectly, they can strain muscles and joints – and cause back pain for the over 79 million students in the United States that carry them.

With fall sports on the horizon, now is the time to think about injury prevention

August 14, 2018

With the start of the school year, sports injuries can be a major concern for parents. What do experts recommend as the number one method for injury prevention? Train before sports try-outs start, not during.

Baystate Health’s Bloodmobile is hosting drives in August, including Palmer and Ware

August 14, 2018

The Baystate Health Bloodmobile will host blood drives across western Massachusetts this August. The need for blood and platelets never takes a holiday. Learn how you can donate now.