Ava Lopez at hospital speaking to patient

After Child's Brain Injury, Family Looks Ahead, Not Back

Just 18 months old when a drunk driver plowed into her in the front yard of her suburban San Antonio, TX, home, Ava Lopez remembers nothing of a trauma impossible for her family to forget. And with Ava, now 11, still facing effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI)—an imprint of her head was found… Read More

Kaden Kruciak and sister

Kaden's Health Journey is Everyone's Health Journey

Letting loose in his battery-powered Dodge Ram pickup is freedom for 7-year-old Kaden Kruciak of Cibolo, TX. And if ever a kid deserved to feel the wind in his hair—and the dust and dirt of off-road driving—it’s Kaden. Diagnosed in-utero with a rare birth defect called congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), meaning his kidneys, liver, stomach,… Read More

Hammond Family

'A Miracle in Front of Us Every Day'

When her parents ask Olivia Hammond of Bryan, TX, to show what her little brother’s heart looks like, the adorable 4 year old makes the familiar shape with both hands. Then she takes half of it away. That’s a quick explanation of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a rare and serious congenital heart defect. Deacon… Read More

O'Donnell Family with son Davis, cancer patient

Family, Friends Help Carry 'Burdens of Life'

When Davis O’Donnell of Fulshear, TX, was diagnosed at 4 months with retinoblastoma, cancer in both eyes, his parents, Lianne and Doug, questioned the expression, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” “We felt really overwhelmed; this was not a world we were ready to walk into,” Lianne said. “‘Cancer’ is not a… Read More

Martinez Family

Faith Carries Family Through Son’s Cancer Journey

Over four years, 6-year-old Jaxson Martinez of Uvalde, TX, endured three cancer surgeries, seven rounds of chemo, 18 radiation and immunotherapy treatments, and 40 blood and platelet transfusions. But his family’s faith never wavered. In fact, it became stronger. With Jaxson now a neuroblastoma survivor—he rang the bell to mark the end of active cancer… Read More

MaryJo Kreitzer

Reflections on How We Heal

Throughout the course of my nursing career that spans many decades, I have had the privilege of being with people during both joyous and vulnerable times in their lives. I have been with people who have suffered inexplicable losses, received news of a life-threatening diagnosis, are in the process of dying, or supporting loved ones… Read More