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How a Former College Athlete Survived a Life-Threatening Pulmonary Embolism
What began as a routine recovery following surgery to repair a sports injury led to the discovery of a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
The Importance of Colon Cancer Screening: A Mother’s Story of Survival
Kristine Patella was just 38 years old when diagnosed—a colonoscopy saved her life.
How One Woman Overcame Epilepsy Challenges Through Martial Arts
Jessie Lentz recently celebrated two years seizure-free and reflects on how martial arts has helped her overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy.
Where I Am Now: Two Years After COVID-19 Hospitalization
South Jersey resident Tom McLaughlin recounts his battle coming off of a ventilator and how he’s managing long-term heart complications, while still living life to the fullest.
Model Train Enthusiast Back on Track After Deep Brain Stimulation for Hand Tremors
Deep brain stimulation brought Charles Schellenger relief from his hand tremors and helped him to regain a sense of independence.
How One Patient Recovered Their Taste and Smell After COVID
Nancy Damato went from being a perfume collector to being a part of a clinical trial to regain her sense of taste and smell.
Can Abnormal Liver Proteins Cause Heart Failure?
Neuropathy, sudden weight loss, carpal tunnel and fainting led to a patient’s 20-year journey to an accurate diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis.
A Life-Saving Discovery Got A 70-Year-Old Boxing Coach ‘Back in the Ring’
Gloria was used to rolling with the punches, but a rare pituitary cyst was a hit unlike anything she’s ever faced before.
Four Local Organ Donors Share Their Transformational Transplant Experiences
A shortage of available organs during the COVID-19 pandemic makes living donors even more crucial for those awaiting transplants.
In 24 Hours, She Donated Her Kidney and Saved Her Dad’s Life
The decision to donate her kidney to her father came easy to Lillian Santiago and a minimally invasive robotic surgery dramatically improved her recovery.
Three Local Women Share Their Bariatric Surgery Success Stories
The decision to undergo bariatric surgery is life-changing. Here, women share their experience, including their struggles and victories.