Patient Stories

Meet our St. Joseph's patients and read their inspiring stories.

Powers teaser picLarry Stewart's Brush with Lung Cancer

Larry Stewart is pretty much the last person in the world you would think might develop lung cancer.  He’s never smoked a day in his life.  He works out four or five times a week at the gym.  He and his wife Elaine are the parents of three children and doting grandparents to seven grandchildren ranging in age from three to 17 years.  Larry has been an avid walker since retiring from his 32-year career at Quaker Oats.  Read more...

Powers teaser picA patient's unique path to helping St. Joe's

As an employee of St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation, I feel blessed to hear and share inspiring stories from grateful patients of St. Joe's. My life has also been touched by the amazing hospital staff and I decided to share my story too. Read more...


Emeria's Story 

I had been blessed with good health all of my life. In fact, until last summer, I had never even been to a hospital. However, I had developed a terrible cough that started during a trip to Florida, and just wouldn’t go away. I was scared. My doctor did some tests and sent me for biopsies and they kept coming back negative or inconclusive. But I just knew that something was wrong. Read more…

Wray's Story

I’m Wray Brown and this is my story.
In August 2007, I went to the Westdale Walk-In Clinic with a lump on my neck. I was referred to Dr. Stanley Jackson, an ear, nose and throat surgeon at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.

“It’s cancer,” a straightforward and honest Dr. Jackson said. “It began in the tongue and went to the neck. I looked at the MRI Wray, it's big."  Read more...

Hope for young people living with mental illness

University is meant to be a time of learning, making friends and gaining independence. Instead, for 19-year-old Samantha Mercanti it had become a scary experience. It wasn't the course load or living away from her parents, but the onset of hallucinations, paranoia and social withdrawal that changed her life forever. Read more...


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