OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center

Alton, Illinois

Couple with cancer trust care close to home


George and Thelma Friemann, of Bunker Hill, have been through a lot in their 55 years of marriage.

Through kids, career changes and retirement, the couple thought they had been through it all.

Until they both were diagnosed with cancer.

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Throat cancer survivor: “God led me here”

Willie-and-Sherry-Heindricks.jpg Willie Heindricks had a persistent sore throat. He was losing weight and having difficulty swallowing and over-the-counter medication didn’t seem to help. The Jerseyville resident didn’t think too much about it until he started coughing up small amounts of blood.

He scheduled an appointment with ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Keith Bonacquisti of OSF HealthCare Medical Group. Dr. Bonacquisti performed a fiber optic exam followed by a biopsy.

Willie had throat cancer.

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Colon cancer survivor credits prayer, God’s message

Hyman-Family.jpg Ernie and Tammy Hyman love to hike. It’s one of the Bethalto family’s favorite pastimes. So when Ernie’s shortness of breath was slowing him down, they decided he should get his heart checked out.

In January 2017, Ernie had a stress test and blood work drawn to find the problem. While the stress test did not show any problem, the blood work revealed he had a low blood count and more testing was ordered.

It turned out his heart was not the issue. It was his colon. Ernie had stage III colon cancer.

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