Hope And Healing: Breast Cancer Early Detection

Jan 20, 2020
Intermountain Healthcare

Yasmen Simonian has always used her voice for good, and going through breast cancer and a mastectomy helped her magnify that voice. In a conversation with radiologist Dr. Brett Parkinson, she explains she’s no longer afraid to do things—and how beating breast cancer has given her the liberty to be an advocate of early detection.

Hope And Healing: Husband And Wife Medical Doctors Reflect On Life, Career

Dec 20, 2019
Two doctors standing together in a hospital lobby.
Intermountain Healthcare

During medical school and early on in their careers, husband and wife medical doctors, Sumaira Arain and Suleman Iqbal would go up to 48 hours without seeing one another.

Hope And Healing: When A Child Dies Of Congenital Heart Disease

Dec 11, 2019
Intermountain Healthcare

Congenital heart disease kills more kids than all childhood cancers combined. Nola Spicer and Nicura Thompson know this first-hand. 

Hope And Healing: Siblings And Careers

Nov 20, 2019
Intermountain Healthcare

Siblings Kory Woodbury, MD, and Cyndi Gilbert have both excelled in their careers. Cyndi became a lawyer as a means to an end, while Kory followed his passion to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. While they reflect on the others’ career path, they acknowledge that each has made the world a better place.

Hope And Healing: Life After A Coma

Nov 13, 2019
Intermountain Healthcare

With their daughter, Marjorie, in a coma with a traumatic brain injury following a car accident, George and Melisa Medina heard words from the neurologist that no parent wants to hear: “Your daughter may never be herself again." But with physical therapy three times a day and some serious grit and determination, Marjorie learned to walk and feed herself again—and even returned to the softball field she loves.


As we bring our One Small Step series to a close, we would like to say thank you to everyone who took this journey with us. Listening is an act of love, and saying "thank you" will never go out of style.

One Small Step: Crossing The Age Divide

Nov 5, 2019
Tom Williams

Carl Berger is 83, Tamara Weldon is 30. As their conversation unfolds, we can hear how skipping a generation makes crossing the age divide both a comfortable and heartening experience.

Dani Hayes

When she was 20, Clare Coonan stepped away from her traditional family upbringing.  When he was 50, Scott Swain took a similar big step.  

Hope And Healing: Approaching Death With Empathy

Oct 21, 2019
Intermountain Healthcare

For emergency medicine Drs. Adam Balls and Christopher Anderson, medical school didn’t provide a lot of training  on communicating to families after a loved one dies. But taking time to acknowledge and honor the life of the deceased, even briefly, has helped them process the experience better and have more empathy toward those left behind. 

Hope And Healing: Dealing With Difficult Patients Leads To Sweet Experiences

Oct 9, 2019
Intermountain Healthcare

When a grumpy, 25-year-old jaw and throat cancer patient came in, nurse Sarah Larsen and her team made it their mission to be extra nice to him. After a few days, the patient opened up about the challenges he was going through.

Sarah and fellow nurse Jennie Wilder discuss how they make a difference to difficult patients by trying to relate to them, regardless of their attitude.

Tom Williams

When Steve McIntyre and Maughn Gregory sat down with One Small Step, they found their life experiences as liberals living in predominantly conservative neighborhoods had taken them down two very different paths.

Hope And Healing: The Life Of A Hospital Therapy Dog

Oct 2, 2019
Intermountain Healthcare

Patrick has spent the last eight years as a certified therapy dog. He helps patients feel calm and at ease during their hospital stay. But his owners, Katie and Bob Elder, got their biggest surprise when an ICU doctor – after a long, stressful day – asked if Patrick could come visit to help her calm down from the day. She pulled Patrick in and just held onto him.

Dani Hayes

Clayton Long lives in Blanding Utah; Liz Ballenger lives in Moab. They met halfway in Monticello, finding common ground for their love of nature and juggling the different cultures introduced to them throughout their lives. 

One Small Step: Finding Sympathy And Understanding After Bears Ears

Sep 24, 2019
Dani Hayes

Cindy Perkins and her family have lived for five generations near Blanding, a community agitated by the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in 2016. Jeremy Lynch moved to Moab to work with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. They met halfway in Monticello.

Hope And Healing: Singing To Calm Fear

May 29, 2019
Intermountain Healthcare

Cindy Henry reminisces with her 91-year-old father, Jim Greer, about how his singing to her as a child added joy and peace to her life. As an imaging tech at a Utah hospital, Cindy now sings to young patients to help calm their fears.

Hope And Healing: A Busy Day In Shock-Trauma

May 8, 2019
Intermountain Healthcare

Sean Talley’s role as a Shock-Trauma ICU nurse manager at a Utah hospital is both intense and rewarding. Sean says because he grew up in a rough part of Las Vegas, he can spot dangerous situations, and he finds joy in helping others.

Hope And Healing: A Life-Altering Night

May 1, 2019
Intermountain Healthcare

Stein Rosqvist and his wife Michele Rosqvist talk about the life-altering night Stein was the sole survivor of a Life Flight helicopter crash. They discuss the events of that night, Stein’s recovery, and what their lives have been like since that night.

StoryCorps founder David Isay joins Tom Williams for Monday's Access Utah. David Isay is editor of several books from StoryCorps including “Listening Is an Act of Love.” He’ll talk about the power of listening and the importance of each life story. StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.