"I've faced death many times," says Joycelin Craig matter-of-factly. And each time, "the key to my recovery was positive thinking," she reflects, along with "all the great care I had from California Pacific Medical Center."
Friends, family and a great experience at CPMC—all of those things helped me
Craig faced her first medical crisis one morning when she experienced a sudden, severe headache, followed by a seizure. She was taken by ambulance to California Pacific Medical Center, where tests revealed a ruptured brain aneurysm. She was rushed into surgery, performed by CPMC neurosurgeon Jeffrey Thomas, M.D.
During this operation, Dr. Thomas discovered a second brain aneurysm—which would require a separate surgery months later, once Craig had fully recovered from the first operation. "Friends, family and a great experience at CPMC—all of those things helped me heal," Craig says.
It took two more brain surgeries before her aneurysms were declared successfully treated—and Dr. Thomas helped to keep her outlook bright. "One of my priorities is not to let my patients lose hope because I think that has a lot to do with how people ultimately recover," he says.
But just when Craig thought life would return to normal, she was dealt another blow: she had stage 1 breast cancer. Without hesitation, she chose to undergo surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments at CPMC.
Now, feeling strong and healthy, Craig says,"I survived something most people don't," adding "I consider CPMC my second home." Dr. Thomas says, "She's one of the most courageous people I've ever met."