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Grateful Patient Works to "Pay it Forward"

“Dr. Schrage was like a godsend to me, someone who could finally provide me with the help that I so desperately needed. After my first consultation with Dr. Schrage, I knew she was the right medical professional for me.”

After 70 Years of Pain, Surgery Has Marlene Kelley Dancing Again

“Dr. Ozgur is my sweetheart,” said Marlene. “He’s given me my life back.”


Hoag Stokes Fire Captain's Ambitious Rehab Goals

“People ask me, ‘How did you do it?’ And I always say, ‘Faith, family, friends and a lot of hard work,” he said. “Hoag bought in and really pushed me. I’m still getting better.”

Diabetes Center

Fullerton Resident Vigilant in Fight Against Diabetes

James Tillman couldn’t understand why his throat was so incredibly dry. Even after guzzling three 32-ounce bottles of water and getting a good night’s rest, the dryness persisted. A healthy, 26-year old, James had begun to notice that over the past four months he was feeling fatigued and abnormally thirsty. By August 2018, his symptoms … Read More


Four Breast Cancer Diagnoses. Two Rare Genetic Mutations.

Breast surgeon, Dr. Sadia Khan, walked me through every step of the process from the diagnostic work up, to testing with genetic counselors and discussing my surgical options. I love the way she was able to take the medical terms and make them understandable through analogies. She has such positive energy and made me feel more comfortable through this difficult process.

Hoag’s CLIMB Program Cares for the Caregivers & Their Children

"Within the first week of diagnosis, I was thinking, ‘How do we manage this in terms of mental health?’ I’ve never had therapy before. Nobody in our nuclear family has. We have never had to navigate anything like this."


Prostate Cancer Treatment at Hoag Gives Patient a New ‘Calling’

“I had excellent results with everything. There are always potential side effects, like incontinence. I had zero.”


Thyroid Cancer Survivor Receives New Innovative Procedure

“I’m very glad I did this. I couldn’t believe how easy it was, recovery was great, and I have felt amazing ever since.”

From Wreckage to Innovation

“Dr. Demeure is very understanding and knowledgeable. He made me feel better about all of it. And the nurses went above and beyond, and they were so nice and patient. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience."

Women's Health

Hoag Offers the Support and Understanding ‘Previvors’ Need

“Going into a place like this makes me feel loved because they really care, and it gives me that peace of mind that these people understand.”