Patient Stories

Pat Cusick had mild scoliosis for many years, but it never bothered her. The Staten Island woman had an active life, even taking a retirement job as a school nurse after a long career in nursing, which included teaching in an associate degree-...
It began in 2017, as a twitch in Emma Novick's left eye. The tic wasn’t painful, but it became more persistent over time, pulling downward into her cheek.  Emma was diagnosed with hemifacial spasm, which is caused by irritation of one of the cranial...
By any measure, Toni Blankenship was a complicated patient. After a hysterectomy at age 40 triggered early menopause, she started to develop osteoporosis, which more typically starts at a later age. She was also underweight, which didn’t help her...
Michelle Sidor is not used to being on the sidelines. After leading her New Jersey high school basketball team to four straight county championships, the honor roll student was named an ESPN four-star recruit and went on to play for the University...
Older adults are at the greatest risk for stroke, but the truth is that anyone can have a stroke at any time. Stroke is less common in young adults, but they can and do happen.
When Jeff Kaplan puts his mind to something, he does it. The 32-year-old is an electronic music producer, manages his own e-commerce business, volunteers with Athletes Unlimited and the Special Olympics as well as at a rehab center, and is a...
There’s nothing Marie Morris-Chaloux loves more than her family. “We spend a lot of time together,” she says. “My husband and I and our two kids travel often. We live an active life of hiking, biking, playing golf, kickboxing, or going to the gym....
In 1993, a young surgeon in Boston operated on a baby boy to repair the birth defect known as craniosynostosis. The baby is now a young man in Seattle, and the surgeon is now Chair of Neurological Surgery and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of NewYork-...
Ronald Piscitello was only 47 years old when his life changed completely — not in an instant, but over the course of a long, confusing year. Today he is a changed man, and his wife and family are grateful to have him back after a frightening...
Three years ago, Beth Willey of Marlow, New Hampshire, traded her tech-industry job for a quieter life at home. “I wanted to do something fun,” she says, “and to be home to take care of my elderly parents and my young children. I started a business...

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