"The Show Saved My Life"

Three viewers share their personal stories of how The Dr. Oz Show prompted them to seek life-saving medical care.

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The Dr. Oz Show often features real people – people like you – in segments about health and well-being. If you're an avid viewer of the show, you have probably picked up some tips and tricks that have helped you improve your health. But did you ever think what you see on television could save your life? Three viewers shared their stories. Read on to find out how watching The Dr. Oz Show led them seek to life-saving medical attention.

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Karla

"Prior to my diagnoses [stomach cancer], I already had given up on trying to find out what was wrong with my stomach. All the doctors I went to diagnose me with GERD and gave me antacid to relieve my symptoms. The antacids worked for a couple of days, but then I was back to feeling the same. I recorded The Dr. Oz Show and watched them after work. There was one show that caught my attention – the show was about stomach issues."

"That night I remember thinking that I have a lot to live for and I should continue to find the answer to my symptoms. I took Dr. Oz's advice, which was to find a doctor that would listen. Dr. Oz also said to listen to your body, which I was, but nobody else was listening to me."

"Sometimes it is the smaller things we do, like giving advice, saying a quote or making a statement, that makes a difference. From experience, I can say it does, because Dr. Oz gave me advice that I took seriously and it made a huge difference in my life. "

Shannon

"Dr. Oz didn't just change my life. He saved my life. He did a show on oral health and hygiene. During the show he discussed having your dentist or hygienist check out your tongue during cleanings/exams. I had had a sore on my tongue for six to eight months that just would not go away. It was a lot like a canker sore. After seeing the show I went to my dentist then an ENT."

"I was told I was in Stage 4 cancer that was metastasizing into my lymph nodes."

"My surgeon told me that I had a 30% chance to survive, and if I had waited even another week or so, my chances would have been 5% and most likely I would not have survived. So after multiple surgeries, radiation, feeding tubes, therapy, losing 137 pounds, etc., I am alive to see my daughter grow up. I owe my life to Dr. Oz."


Pauline

"Dr. Oz... doing the work he does is the reason my thyroid cancer was detected. Although I had no symptoms... he was so thorough, explaining things in a way a layperson like myself could completely understand. He helped me to recognize [thyroid cancer] symptoms and through him, somehow, I was able to really listen to my body and hear that something was wrong."

"The cancer, we found out later, had already spread to my lungs, but with the care of my doctors and two rounds of radioactive iodine treatments, I feel like I really have a chance. I was lucky. I was dying and had no idea. I have since then graduated from college with my associate degree. I took my dream trip to Italy for two weeks. I had started running – something I never thought I would do or enjoy. I am learning how to play tennis. In a nutshell, I am living my best life and appreciating every day as a gift. I am able to do this because Dr. Oz does what he does." 

Darci

When I was about 23 years old I noticed a black streak under my big toenail that my doctor originally told me looked like a bruise that would grow out. After some time I went back because the streak didn't go away. My doctor then said it appeared to be "fungal." After topical treatments didn't work I basically covered my toenail with nail polish, so I wouldn't be embarrassed by it, and simply forgot about it. I figured it would go away on its own."

"About 7 years later I was sitting at home with my daughter (and pregnant with #2) and I was flipping through the channels on TV, something I rarely had the time to do. I stumbled upon a picture of a big toe with a black streak under the nail. It was the Dr. Oz Show and the show was about melanoma! I was shocked and scared since this toe looked exactly like mine. I went straight to the doctor and had a biopsy done. The results came back as "nothing." They said it showed some blood that could have been from a trauma of some sort."

"About a year or so later I went back because the streak had still not gone away and something just didn't feel right about all of this. I read up on things and outcomes didn't look good for melanoma under the nail since they are often misdiagnosed because it is not common. I went back to my doctor, expressed my concerns, and was sent to another specialist who performed another biopsy that came back as melanoma. I thought I was a "goner." I mean this "thing" had been there for years! Luckily, when I had the whole thing removed, the biopsy results showed that it was melanoma in situ. It did not spread below the surface of the skin, thank God!"

"Now I have to go for yearly skin screenings and that is fine with me. If I hadn't watched the show that day I probably would not have gone back to the doctor as soon as I did, if at all. I was told that it was a good thing I didn't wait much longer because this could have been bad, since melanoma can spread fast. I am lucky!"