Whether you’re facing an illness yourself, helping a loved one with a diagnosis, hoping to develop a research project that can improve health or healthcare, or trying to provide better medical care yourself, the PaTH patient story archive can give you an idea of what others have faced in their health journeys and help you gain a better understanding of patient and caregiver perspectives.

Please Note: The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and are not medical advice. Please consult your physician for any questions you have related to your individual medical condition. If you are in need of immediate medical help, go to the nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1.

Content Disclaimer: The views and opinions presented in this story represent those of the story teller(s) and should not be construed to represent the views or opinions of the collaborating PaTH institutions.

"Continue to be the voice for the voiceless and the face for the faceless"

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"He said, 'I don’t want anything that will keep me alive a minute longer' "

Listen (17:59)

"The hospital is for patients, not for people"

Listen (16:39)

"Arthritis has been part of my life everyday"

Listen (16:45)

"Be a manager of your own health."

Listen (15:16)

"I turned out 100% because of early detection."

Listen (21:20)

"I was not able to walk, talk, pick up a pen…"

A patient’s story on experiencing symptoms, undergoing medical tests, and being diagnosed with multiple serious health problems.

Listen (24:33)

"I had a week to live at one point."

A patient’s health story on the value of the doctor-patient relationship in treating HIV and mental health disorders.

Listen (7:58)

What is your prognosis?

A caregiver’s story about needing clear communication about prognosis from medical professionals, in the setting of a patient’s terminal cancer diagnosis.

Listen (12:18)

I thought it happened to everyone. I thought it was normal.

A patient’s story of being diagnosed and living with the challenges of epilepsy.

Listen (9:52)

Nothing was helping.

A patient’s story about the challenges of having multiple, complicated health problems and the importance of self-advocacy.

Listen (13:24)


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