In Their Own Words

The physicians and staff of FHN affect the lives of so many, by providing expert care from diagnosis to recovery. Here are some of our patients' stories.


"Bleachers? No problem... now that my knees are 'new'!"
Years spent on her feet took their toll on Darlene Baldauf. As a nurse, she stood for hours taking care of others. When she retired, Darlene finally decided to take care of herself... and her aching knees. Read More.


No hocus pocus: Just state-of-the-art cryosurgery.
Not many people feel lucky to have had cancer. But local magician Cy Crothers knows it's true in his case. Read More.


"I count my blessings every day: my family, my friends, my farm and FHN"
When Karen Bremmer found out she had breast cancer, she immediately turned to friends and family for support. Then she rolled up her sleeves and said, "Let's get going. My whole attitude was, 'OK, I have this, I need to move forward, be positive and take action right away.' Read More.


"They did more than heal my wound. They saved my leg."
It took 139 days at the Center for Wound Healing at FHN, but George Visel thinks every second was worth it. "My treatment saved my leg. It was one of the best experiences in my life, because of the people and the place," George proclaims. Read More.


Bringing a whole new level of intensive care and comfort
Introducing the region's first eICU

"No one wants to be sick. But in hindsight, it really was quite a phenomenal experience," shares Angie Heidenreich, a recent patient in FHN's eICU®, which links the Freeport unit with a UW Health e-Care of Wisconsin team. Read More.


"On the road again... and what a relief."
"Now I can go more places and do more things with a lot more confidence. I would recommend this outpatient procedure to anyone with bladder control issues." Read More.


"I just wasn't feeling right. But I didn't want to make a big deal out of nothing."
Personally, I am grateful for the security I get from knowing FHN is right here when I need help. If it wasn't for the professional and insightful care I received in the FHN Emergency Room, I might not be here. Read More.


A happy birth day for the Krolows
When Phil and Amy Krolow found out they were expecting their second child, they wanted the same medical care they appreciated the first time around... at FHN. Read More.


Diabetes Education: Nutritional Management
Ronnie had attended classes with Certified Diabetic Educator Nicolette Drane years ago, but needed a refresher. "I knew I was tempting fate by not eating right." Read More.


Diabetes Education: Gestational Diabetes
"I learned I could have a healthy delivery with diligent attention to my blood sugar levels. I followed portion control guidelines, ate wisely, and became confident giving myself insulin." Read More.


Diabetes Education: Newly Diagnosed
"My group classes at FHN were interesting and informative, with a special focus on nutrition, exercise, medical treatments, and lifestyle modifications. The program is taught by well-trained staff in a fun-paced and interactive environment." Read More.


Diabetes Education: Through the Years
"The FHN Basics Program really works. I look forward to my meetings and I'm so impressed by Nicolette's knowledge. And the best thing? She is only a phone call away." Read More.


Diabetes Education: Insulin Pump Therapy
"After taking this one class and adjusting my insulin levels accordingly, my blood sugar control became much better... in fact, my numbers were the best I have ever had. The FHN diabetes educators know their stuff!" Read More.