Travar’s Michigan Answer: Helping shape the future for people with disabilities

Thousands of tiny yellow, green and red lines swirl around Travar Pettway.  As he gently tilts his head, the shapes glide and adjust, perfectly rendered in 3-D. He’s lost in a sea of color and movement. 20 feet away in an adjoining room, his rehab engineer and longtime friend, Donn Hilker, smiles as he watches… Continue reading Travar’s Michigan Answer: Helping shape the future for people with disabilities

Zarinah’s Michigan Answer: Helping Graduate Students to Overcome Obstacles

The pressure on a biomedical scientist in training can be intense. The unending knowledge they must capture and comprehend along with the years they must invest in order to prove the merit of their ideas can understandably feel like a heavy burden. After all, their goal is to eventually help others live healthy and full… Continue reading Zarinah’s Michigan Answer: Helping Graduate Students to Overcome Obstacles

Amaris’ Michigan Answer: Many Answers

When Johana Luna-Dominguez was told she’d be having a second baby, she was ecstatic at the thought of growing her family. “My first child, Citlalli, was so easy I just figured things would be the same for my second pregnancy,” reflected Johana. But at her 20-week ultrasound, an anatomy scan revealed things were anything but… Continue reading Amaris’ Michigan Answer: Many Answers

Tiara and Schvon’s Michigan Answer: A Second Chance. And a New Friendship

Sometimes, remarkable things happen in the most challenging of circumstances. For Tiara Johnson and Schvon Wadlington, this meant finding a new best friend dealing with the same serious medical condition. “I never thought I’d have heart failure,” says Tiara of Sterling Heights, Michigan. “But having someone to go through it with definitely made things easier.” … Continue reading Tiara and Schvon’s Michigan Answer: A Second Chance. And a New Friendship

Sherry’s Michigan Answer: The sound of overcoming a tumor.

In fall of 2019, 54-year-old Sherry Seamon of New Lothrop, Michigan was living a normal, healthy life. But over the course of a few weeks, she began to experience subtle hearing loss in her left ear.  “I didn’t think much of it at first,” remembers Sherry. “But, I figured it was worth seeing my doctor… Continue reading Sherry’s Michigan Answer: The sound of overcoming a tumor.

Dr. Isom’s Michigan Answer: Ending Epilepsy in Children

A life-long researcher, Lori Isom, Ph.D. and chair of the department of pharmacology as well as professor of neurology and molecular and integrative physiology at Michigan Medicine, has spent her life taking monumental but small steps. We make tiny stages of progress in hopes that maybe someone can use our research … until one day… Continue reading Dr. Isom’s Michigan Answer: Ending Epilepsy in Children

Dr. Cunnane’s Michigan Answer: First in Michigan to Offer the World’s Smallest Pacemaker

Since 1958, millions of lives have been saved by what could arguably be considered as medicine’s biggest breakthrough – the pacemaker. This single invention has not only extended lives, but has increased quality of life for its users by providing the critical electrical current needed for normal heart function. And while its technology has dramatically… Continue reading Dr. Cunnane’s Michigan Answer: First in Michigan to Offer the World’s Smallest Pacemaker

Candice’s Michigan Answer: A Second Opinion. A Second Chance.

What happens when you’ve had four major heart surgeries by age 26, yet your heart continues to worsen and your doctor tells you that you now need a heart transplant? If you’re Candice Tarter, you get a second opinion from Michigan Medicine.  “I had my first open-heart surgery at 16,” recalls Candice, now 30. “And… Continue reading Candice’s Michigan Answer: A Second Opinion. A Second Chance.

Akylah’s Michigan Answer: The Fastest Response for the Rarest Cancer

At 10 years old, Akylah Marshall was your typical preteen. Playing basketball and softball, dancing, watching TikTok and hanging out with friends were just some of her passions. She even discovered a newfound interest in volleyball that she was looking forward to pursuing.  But in November of 2019, life had different plans for Akylah. After… Continue reading Akylah’s Michigan Answer: The Fastest Response for the Rarest Cancer

Dr. Valbuena’s Michigan Answer: Being Empowered to Empower Others

Most aspiring physicians study medicine with the hopes of saving lives, being on the cutting edge of research, or developing the latest therapies and technologies. For Dr. Valeria Valbuena, it was all of the above, plus one additional life-affirming goal.  I want to play a leading role in promoting and organizing a diverse workforce in medicine.… Continue reading Dr. Valbuena’s Michigan Answer: Being Empowered to Empower Others