Patient Perspectives

I Ran Marathons. Then COVID-19 Caught up With Me.
Alexandra Hackett tested negative for COVID-19 back in March when she had flu-like symptoms. Today, she faces terrifying “long-hauler” symptoms.
What I Wish People Knew About Surviving Breast Cancer
A closer look at the physical and emotional impacts that continue after treatment is over, and how to better support breast cancer survivors
Enlarged Prostate,
Cross-Country Flight During COVID-19, and Great Surgical Results
Minimally invasive HoLEP procedure, considered the gold-standard surgery for enlarged prostate, is unavailable in California. So, despite the pandemic, John Steinberg flew to Philadelphia.
An Annual Mammogram Made All the Difference for Cancer Survivor and CVICU Nurse Practitioner
Delaying her annual mammogram because of COVID-19 could have meant fewer cancer treatment options for Nicole Cavaliere.
From Loss of Fingers to Shortness of Breath, COVID-19 Has Long-term Effects
Vanessa Cassidy lost her thumb. Lakeisha Hollingsworth, who worked out every day, suffers from fatigue and extreme shortness of breath. Together, they are moving forward, reclaiming their lives—with courage and determination.
High Risk Father of Six Recovers From Severe COVID-19
Kevin Jackson’s life-changing battle with COVID-19 began at his dialysis appointment, from which he was rushed to the hospital after his temperature soared to 103 degrees.
COVID-19 Caused Philly Father to Go on Dialysis and Triggered Memory Loss
Dan Nardi was disoriented and weak when he arrived at Magee Rehabilitation in May, so much so the 50-year-old Northeast Philadelphia man couldn’t sit up in bed. He was in the fight of his life.
Joint Replacement Surgery Helps Patients Reclaim the Little Things in Life
Cynthia and Roger both experienced some initial anxiety about undergoing surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re both grateful they moved forward.
What It’s Like to be Hospitalized During the Pandemic—Without COVID-19
In January 2020, none of us knew what this year would bring, especially not Eli Robbins.
The Curious Case of a Cushing’s Disease Diagnosis
For roughly a year, Alaina Axford-Moore struggled to rationalize a strange set of symptoms, and her medical mystery didn't end with her diagnosis.
Nancy Baxter’s Pregnancy
and Birth Story During COVID-19
A New Jersey mom shares how she had to shift her expectations about her March 2020 delivery during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.