Author: Mary Anne Dunkin

Serving Survivors

In her two-plus decades in nursing – first as a nurse manager in an oncology unit and later as a patient educator – Wanda Lowe, RN, spent most of her career helping people with cancer. But it wasn’t until Lowe…

Straight to the Heart

Having one chronic disease is one too many, but when you have heart disease there’s a good chance you also have another – or others. By some estimates up to 75 percent of people with heart failure – a condition…

Home Alone?

Courtney Gaines was always an active, independent and social person. Neither she nor her family wanted anything to change that, so when the early effects of Alzheimer’s complicated by a fall made it difficult for her to get out of…

Hope on the Horizon

When former president Jimmy Carter learned last summer that he had stage IV metastatic melanoma, the prognosis was grim. An often-deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma had spread to his liver and brain, a situation that could have been quickly…

Promoting Prevention

Each day at hospitals throughout Georgia, doctors are using techniques that were once unimaginable to treat patients with heart disease. Robotics allow surgeons to operate with greater precision; faulty aortic valves are replaced through catheters, not large incisions; and machines…