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News "May I pray with you?" Stacy Huston's doctor asked.

"May I pray with you?" Stacy Huston's doctor asked.

Mt. Vernon,

​MT. VERNON, Il. - We spoke with Stacy Huston recently.  She has been a patient at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital - Mt. Vernon and we learned about her through posts on Facebook.

Huston's post reads:  When my Dr. asked if he could pray with me and my family; you just don't find that anymore and I greatly appreciated it!  He said the most heartwarming prayer for me, my family and the nurses.  Need more Drs. like this bringing God into healing!

She continues with:  His name is Dr. Yu and he is the new GI specialist ...I recommend him to anyone and I'm very picky about my Drs.  Very picky - I have to be with my Crohn's; he is by far the best one I've met!  Only other .. that prays with me is Stella Johnson, APN in Wayne City. 

Huston's symptoms started years ago, when she was a teenager and she started on the path of seeing many physicians, having many procedures, even surgery.  At that time, there was no gastroenterologist in the area so she went to Fairview Heights.  After fifteen years, she was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease.  That isn't the end of the story, even after a diagnosis, the pain and symptoms continue and include hospitalizations.  Most recently she was hospitalized twice in two weeks, the most recent hospitalization came after such severe symptoms she was brought by ambulance as she could not stand independently.

When Siegfried Yu, MD, SSM Health Medical Group gastroenterologist, came onto the scene, he met with Huston and her husband.  He talked about alternatives and asked, "May I pray with you?"  Of course they agreed.  After the prayer, Huston and her husband looked at each other and said "YES!"  They knew they had found a physician who would help her improve her health.  

"Too often in health care, physicians and others are worried about money and they don't bring the Lord into it.  There are also concerns about offending someone."  For Huston, "The two go hand in hand," God and health.

Huston's hometown area is Bluford and  Wayne City.  She has a blended family which includes five children and one grandbaby, so she is one busy lady.  Primary care services are provided by Stella Johnson, APN at the SSM Health Medical Group primary care office in Wayne City.  Huston comments, "Stella prays with me too."  

According to Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Crohn’s disease belongs to a group of conditions known as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.

When reading about inflammatory bowel diseases, it is important to know that Crohn’s disease is not the same thing as ulcerative colitis, another type of IBD. The symptoms of these two illnesses are quite similar, but the areas affected in the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) are different.

Crohn’s most commonly affects the end of the small bowel (the ileum) and the beginning of the colon, but it may affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, from the mouth to the anus. Ulcerative colitis is limited to the colon, also called the large intestine.  Learn more here

Huston tells us she stays involved with others with Crohn's Disease and stays abreast of current research.  Another website she finds helpful is

"This is the first time I have hope for remission, thanks to Dr. Yu," said Huston.  

It is strongly recommended to build a relationship with your primary care physician, when you are feeling good.  He/she will work with you to prevent illnesses and to identify issues before they become severe.  The earlier most diseases are found the better the outcome.  Don't have a primary care physician, click here and find one today