Few moments eclipse the joy of discovering that you’re pregnant with twins. But for 37-year-old Merrick and 37-year-old Mychal, the news that they’d be having fraternal girls with an expected delivery date of Christmas Day 2020 made the news even more exciting. “I couldn’t think of a better Christmas present,” recalls Merrick Smith of Ypsilanti,… Continue reading Merriah and Melliah’s Michigan Answer: From Premature Birth to a Bright Future
What do you do when you know a disease is reversible, even curable, and yet each year millions of people still suffer from it? For Amy Rothberg, M.D., you find a whole new way to help people not only lose weight, but in some cases even reverse a diabetes diagnosis. Obesity and diabetes constitute a… Continue reading Dr. Rothberg’s Michigan Answer: Reversing Type 2 Diabetes
A week after giving birth to her twin boys in February of 2018, Amy Winkler stood in freshly painted baby’s room. Two matching cribs. Two matching mobiles. Two tiny babies sleeping soundly. Her only thought, “This is what I’ve always wished for.” Double feedings were the only thing keeping her up at night. “I had… Continue reading Logan’s Michigan Answer: A living donor liver transplant at just 15 months old
Imagine two patients. Both the same age and height. The same gender and race. Both have a similar medical history. Two people, almost identical in every way. So, why does one of them, seemingly at random, develop diabetes? This is the question Sierra Nance and numerous other researchers inside Michigan Medicine work tirelessly to answer. With… Continue reading Sierra’s Michigan Answer: Researching Bold Breakthroughs for Diabetes
It was December 2017, and Chris Connolly was four months into medical school, when he discovered it was difficult for him to hold onto a cardiology stethoscope when reaching across a patient’s hospital bed. It was time to take a trip to the hardware store. “Before I started medical school, I worked with occupational therapists… Continue reading Chris’s Michigan Answer: Creating a way for himself and others
Addiction and substance use, depression. Anxiety. Loneliness. As the fight to combat the spread of COVID-19 took center stage internationally, its effect on mental health slowly began to tighten its grip on many in quarantine. But an emerging tool — considered only a year ago by many to be impractical and too difficult to use… Continue reading Dr. Lin’s Michigan Answer: A Telehealth Approach to Mental Health
Imagine being 200 feet underwater on a shipwreck that very few people have seen. Now, picture yourself weaving in and out of a centuries-old shipwreck with the pressure of a Michigan Great Lake upon you. For 53-year-old Meredith Hoag, these adventures were not just real, but a source of pure joy. “Scuba diving and technical… Continue reading Meredith’s Michigan Answer: Getting Back to Her Greatest Passion.
The speed. The rush. The adrenaline. Since birth, 34-year-old Michael Asher was always known for being a daredevil. “I’ve just always loved speed,” Michael says with a smile. “Sometimes too much.” The Detroit, Michigan native had a special reputation for riding motorcycles with a lead foot. But that need for speed caught up with Michael on September… Continue reading Michael’s Michigan Answer: A Prosthetic Leg Built for Speed.
From as far back as she can remember, Amber Crumb had always wanted to be a mom. “From the time I was a child, I would see moms playing with their kids and would think about how that was going to be me someday,” Amber remembers. “So you can imagine how hard it was for… Continue reading Amber’s Michigan Answer: A Breakthrough Clinical Trial to Help Her Become a Mom
In October of 2020, Emma Bumstead celebrated a remarkable milestone that few people, especially at the age of only 31, have experienced. “If you had told me growing up that I would have ovarian cancer at 26, I wouldn’t have believed you,” says Emma. “I used to dislike being called a survivor, but now I… Continue reading Emma’s Michigan Answer: Surviving Ovarian Cancer and Finding a New Outlook on Life