the comeback

The Comeback

A medical journey can be a transformational point in someone’s life. Tune in as Cleveland Clinic patients, together with their physicians, share experiences of perseverance and determination. In their own words, hear how these health heroes have made the ultimate comeback.

Waverly Willis

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Homeless Man Turned Barber Pays It Forward, Becomes Advocate for Men’s Health

After being homeless and addicted to drugs and alcohol for 15 years, Waverly Willis decided to turn his life around. He became a barber –using his craft to better the community. His journey of setbacks continued after a screening test revealed he had kidney cancer. Join Waverly and one of his doctors, Dr. Charles Modlin, to hear how he’s using his experiences to inspire other men. 

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All The Comeback Episodes

All The Comeback Episodes

July 31, 2019

Young Woman Relishes Motherhood after Special Therapy Protects Fertility during Breast Cancer Treatment

When a young woman needs chemotherapy it’s important to protect her fertility if she wishes to start a family in the future, as the side effects of chemo can make it difficult or impossible to have a baby. Join us as breast cancer survivor, Brittney Rinella, and her oncologist, Halle Moore, MD, tell listeners how a special treatment protected her ovaries – and her dream of becoming a mom.

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June 28, 2019

Lung Transplant and Antireflux Surgery Saves Man with Rare Disease (18:62)

Ajit Tolani was living with a rare autoimmune disease called scleroderma, until his condition worsened and it started to affect his lungs. Doctors in India told him he had three months to lives. He flew from India to Cleveland Clinic for a lifesaving lung transplant and innovative antireflux surgery. Join Ajit and one of his doctors, Dr. Atul Mehta, to hear how he how fought to get a second chance at life.

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April 9, 2019

Teen Makes Sports Comeback After Infection Causes Heart to Stop Beating (16:55)

At 10 years old, a virus attacked Sophia’s heart. She went into cardiac arrest twice. Doctors had to treat her with a device that provided breathing and heart support. Join Sophia, her mother and one of her doctors, Dr. Gerard Boyle, to hear how she persevered to regain her health and went back to playing sports again.

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February 22, 2019

Liver Transplant is Priceless Gift for Woman Battling Advanced Colon Cancer

Carole Motycka, a 44-year-old mother of four boys from western Ohio, never expected a trip to the hospital for back and shoulder pain to end up being stage 4 colorectal cancer. Join Carole and one of her surgeons, Dr. Cristiano Quintini, as they walk listeners through her shocking diagnosis and explain how a new treatment option – liver transplant – helped save her life.

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