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Patient Perspectives

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.
Tony Luke’s Son Michael Shares His COVID-19 Experience
Michael Lucidonio started developing classic COVID-19 symptoms and within days learned he would need to be put on a ventilator.
A Daughter’s Perspective On Her Dad’s Dire Diagnosis
My dad’s uveal melanoma diagnosis changed my view on life—both as a daughter and a nurse.
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.