Patient Perspectives

Life Extended After A Dire Diagnosis
A dad’s diagnosis of uveal melanoma wouldn’t keep him from his daughter’s wedding day.
What I Wish My Doctor’s Office Knew About Caring For Transgender Patients
From the front desk staff to nurses to doctors, a Jefferson patient tells us how we can pitch in to provide safe and inclusive health care for the transgender community.
A “Thank You” After 30 Years Cancer Free
Brad Shelly’s life has been dotted with minor and major miracles—including surviving kidney cancer.
A Heart Transplant Story: More Years to Spend With the Love of My Life
"While my heart always skipped a beat for Theresa, it skipped a few too many beats over the years. Several people on my mother’s side of my family suffered from heart disease, so I knew I might, too."
It Happened to Me: I Went Into Cardiac Arrest When I Was 18 Years Old
A Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University medical student tells her story of adversity, hardship and recovery—and how it will forever change how she views a patient.
Tracking William’s Journey, One of Jefferson’s Tiniest Patients
In 2018, an incredibly vulnerable, tiny patient, named William, was born at Jefferson via an emergency C-section at 17 weeks premature, 23 weeks gestation.
Finding the Power to Fight Cancer—From Within
Using his own immune system to fight chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Russell Powell credits CAR T-cell therapy with helping him battle cancer.
An 80 Pound Weight Loss and Life Gain Thanks to Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery
Fed up with the yo-yo dieting cycle, feeling like all she was losing was hope, a webinar led Henrietta to getting sleeve gastrectomy surgery and a new lease on life.
What Happened When a Rare Neuro Disorder Cut My Vacation Short
What was supposed to be a dream vacation turned into a nightmare for 27-year-old Morgan Smith.
An Ironman Athlete Gets a Second Chance at Life After Bike Accident
An Ironman athlete was sure he could face anything until one fateful summer day when he crashed his bike into a downed tree and couldn't feel anything beneath his neck.
Why MANNA Matters as Part of My Healthcare
South Philly resident Peter Clayton is 80 years old, diabetic, on oxygen 24/7 and sometimes can't even walk five feet before needing a break. Here, he shares the comfort in receiving meals from MANNA for himself and his wife.