I CARE Story - Whole Health Starts at Fargo VA - Fargo VA Health Care System
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I CARE Story - Whole Health Starts at Fargo VA

Carol Wolf and the Fargo VA women’s health team

From left: Susan Pearson, LPN, Margaret Leas, RN, Carol Wolf, Woman Veteran, Renai Ehrichs, NP, and Deb Muehler, LPN.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Carol Wolf is a Veteran who had a very visible birthmark (hemangioma). This had a significant impact on her self Image, and after listening to Carol, the women’s health team sprung into action.

The team researched treatment and found the right plastic surgeon, who was one of the only plastic surgeons who did the procedure, at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. The team became involved in the necessary steps and support in coordinating the care between the Fargo VA and the Minneapolis VA. This was a complicated care process involving saline injections over a series of months. During this time, the team provided the ongoing support and education to prepare Carol for surgery.

Carol had successful removal of the birthmark and was ready to address other areas of her health. Carol identified the health needs she wanted to work on and the team was there for the journey to assist Carol in meeting her goals.

Carol began a weight loss program and after the loss of a significant amount of weight, she continued to identify further goals in achieving health.

Carol stated; The team met my needs and beyond and voiced how hard it is to explain what having the birthmark removed meant to her life. She said her confidence and outlook has never been better.

Supporting Veterans in achieving health starting with what is most important to them!

Carol Wolf
Carol’s hemangioma prior to treatment


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