Patient Stories

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. (Read more about stroke here.)
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...
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-...
Abby Oberriter loves nothing more than hiking on local trails with her husband and their two children. On days when she’s not exploring nature, she’s playing old-time video games, including Dungeons and Dragons (35 years and counting)! Life is...
David “Smoky” Wurtzel, 91, of Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, earned his nickname from a prep school teacher as a nod to the lit cigarette the young man always had in his hand. Smoky quit the habit 52 years ago, but he never did give up the nickname —...
Pat Pesce is one tough guy. The former NYPD detective worked private security at Rockefeller Center after he retired from the force in 1998, then was enlisted by the center’s owners, Tishman Speyer, to be a driver for their executives and VIPs....
In the fall of 2020, Danielle Soviero felt as if she were right where she should be. She had graduated from college two years earlier and had begun her career as an early childhood teacher. “I look back at those years fondly,” she says. “I was just...
After a long day working at an outdoor assignment in summer, the photographer thought she was having a reaction to the heat. “I had two photo shoots scheduled for that day,” says Brittany of the first time she felt the terrible pain in her head. “It...
Getting engaged can certainly make you reflect on what’s important in life, and that’s what happened recently with Margaret Silva. After accepting her boyfriend’s proposal on New Year’s Eve, the Gloucester, Massachusetts, woman found herself...
Rod Nordland is an international correspondent at large for The New York Times. In 2019, while covering climate topics in India, he was suddenly diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a malignant brain tumor. He wrote about his experience...

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