Patient Perspectives

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.
I Didn’t Get a Colonoscopy Until I Was 61, but I Didn’t Need to Be So Scared
Horror stories about getting a colonoscopy and the dreaded prep made Diana put off her own until a physician helped her tap the courage to make the appointment.
Art is the Recipe for Recovery
for Philly Chef Brad Spence
Brad Spence was just 43 years old, and on the cusp of opening a new restaurant, when life abruptly hit the pause button.
Brother to Brother: A Kidney Transplant Story
How one brother used telehealth services to offer a life-saving gift.
Nothing to Fear:
Cancer Surgery During COVID-19
After successful thyroid cancer surgery, Arnaldo Santos encourages patients requiring surgery to have it done and avoid delaying care.
Man Facing Throat Cancer Makes Goal to See His Son Graduate
In 2016, David Rich decided to keep a secret from his teenage son—he had throat cancer that, if left untreated, would soon kill him. He needed surgery and radiation therapy. And he needed it right away.
One Year, 100 Patients: Changing Lives at Continuing Care
When Zach aged out of his network of providers after suffering a traumatic brain injury when he was a teenager, finding a whole new network was difficult, until he met Dr. Mary Stephens.
A Frontline Physician On Her Coronavirus Hospitalization Experience
Dr. Chang was at first incredulous that her mild symptoms were COVID-19. Here she shares her survival story.
What I Wish Women and Their Support Systems Knew About Miscarriage
Navigating the stigma, mental toll, and difficult conversations with family, friends, and doctors – a Jefferson researcher shares her experiences and what she’s learned from studying a grieving community.
Diagnosed with Cancer During COVID-19, A Nurse Takes One Day at a Time
After a life-changing diagnosis in the middle of the pandemic, one nurse is grateful that she didn’t put off her health, and for her fellow healthcare workers and staff as she navigates treatment.
Bariatric Surgery Became the Bridge to a New Heart
At age 29, I went into my family doctor’s office for my yearly check-up. I walked out with a diagnosis of congestive heart failure. This is my story.