Neurological Patient Stories

Our patients love to share how EvergreenHealth Neurological Care helps them live a full life.

Click on their names to read their stories.


Image of patient Ron C, whose Parkinson's disease was successfully treated with deep brain stimulation (DBS) at the EvergreenHealth Neuroscience, Spine and Orthopedic Institute near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Ron C.

(Parkinson's disease - deep brain stimulation) Like many people living with Parkinson’s disease, Ron was consumed by the balancing act of taking enough medication to relieve his symptoms, while tolerating the dosage’s severe side effects.


Image of Debbie Casteel, a multiple sclerosis patient using art therapy as part of her treatment at EvergreenHealth MS Center near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Debbie Casteel

(multiple sclerosis) Debbie Casteel was just 26 years old she was diagnosed with MS. Over time, she stopped practicing her favorite hobby, painting, due to her unsteady movements and lack of energy.


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Cindy Jacobson

(Parkinson's disease - clinical trials) Pat Erickson hasn’t let Parkinson’s disease slow her down. “I don’t have time to worry about Parkinson’s,” she shares, “and with the help of the EvergreenHealth Parkinson’s Care Center, I don’t have to.”


Image of Pat Erickson, parkinsons disease patient at EvergreenHealth's Parkinsons Care Center in Kirkland, WA

Pat Erickson

(young-onset Parkinson's disease) Pat Erickson hasn’t let Parkinson’s disease slow her down. “I don’t have time to worry about Parkinson’s,” she shares, “and with the help of the EvergreenHealth Parkinson’s Care Center, I don’t have to.”


Image of Sue Willard, multiple sclerosis patient at EvergreenHealth's MS Center in Kirkland, WA

Sue Willard

(multiple sclerosis)  Sue Willard has lived with multiple sclerosis for 30 years, but she hasn’t let that get in the way of the life she wants to lead. She and her husband grow grapes and raise a specialized small breed of cattle on their 50-acre farm in Snohomish.


Image of Shelly Krishnamurty, parkinsons disease patient at EvergreenHealth's Parkinsons Care Center in Kirkland, WA

Shelly Krishnamurty

(Parkinson's disease)  Shelly Krishnamurty didn’t have a choice when it came to the diagnosis that changed her life. But she did have a choice when it came to living with it, thanks to the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center at EvergreenHealth.


Image of Rocco Gianni, patient with restless legs syndrome treated at EvergreenHealth Neurological Care in Kirkland, WA

Rocco Gianni

(restless legs syndromeWhen Rocco Gianni started experiencing symptoms of restless legs syndrome (RLS), he had no idea what was causing the irresistible urge to move around. He just knew he wanted it to stop.


Image of Diane Messing, multiple sclerosis patient at EvergreenHealth's MS Center in Kirkland, WA

Diane Messing

(multiple sclerosis)  Multiple sclerosis was increasingly affecting Diane Messing's mobility. “I needed to find a different kind of care,” she says, “because the care I was getting wasn’t taking me anywhere.” So she turned to the MS Center at EvergreenHealth.


Image of George Greenhalgh, a patient at the Primary Stroke Center at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, WA

George Greenhalgh

(stroke)  When medics rushed 59-year-old George Greenhalgh into the Emergency Department at EvergreenHealth, his speech was slurred, he had numbness on his right side, and he was unable to recognize his family - all classic symptoms of a stroke.


Image of Richard Montenegro, a patient at the Primary Stroke Center at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, WA

Richard Montenegro

(stroke)  Forty-seven-year-old Richard Montenegro’s life changed in the blink of an eye. A brain hemorrhage felled him as he was leaving work last March, and put him in a coma for two days. It left Montenegro in a wheelchair and unable to walk, speak or use his right arm.