Whether celebrating a birth or treating an illness, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System recognizes that each patient has a unique story to tell. Our My Story campaign allows patients an opportunity to tell their story. Hear, first-hand, from our patients about how we’ve changed their lives.

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Can you recall what first attracted you to the mountains of North Carolina? For generations, community staples like Appalachian State University, Grandfather Mountain and Tweetsie Railroad have welcomed visitors in search of education, adventure, family entertainment and nowadays healing. Thanks to The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s new post-acute care center in Blowing Rock, NC visitors have started planning what is referred to as “Medical Tourism” trips to the High Country. Caron Baker Wike is one such visitor.

For more than a year, Floridians Linda and Andy DeGagne looked forward to an upcoming mountain trip getaway with another couple. After months of planning, the couples decided to rent cabins near Grandfather Mountain and spend the summer months hiking, shopping and attending summer concerts around Boone. For Linda, this would be her first trip to the High Country and she was counting down the days.

Good teachers are able to teach life lessons not found in textbooks. Their innate ability to listen, discern and encourage others even when faced with adversity is a skill set uniquely their own. This was certainly the case for retired educator Joe Carriere, 63, of Linville, N.C.

Imagine the anxiety and fear associated with slowly losing the ability to enjoy life due to dizziness. Ashe county native, Linda Elliott, understands it all too well.

In life, few memories are more cherished than the ones formed when a father is able walk his daughter down the aisle for marriage. The custom, which symbolizes a lifetime of love, support and blessing between a doting dad and his little girl, makes for an emotional and highly anticipated day. This day seemed to be at hand for Dick Sloop, 66, of Wilkesboro when his daughter Maggie got engaged last fall.

Doug Rhodes, a North Wilkesboro resident who retired at 48, looked forward to spending more time playing the piano and riding horses. That was until he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Jerry Markland, 65, has a lot to look forward to in 2014 thanks to the Appalachian Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program (ACRP) in Avery County.