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A Diagnosis at Last

Aleisha Wilson was checking on a patient in a Cortland County nursing facility when she blacked out and collapsed during her overnight shift in 2007. A nurse found Aleisha just as she awoke from what she had called one of her “spells,” which she had kept confidential for many years. As a single mom, her job, driver’s license, and car were crucial to providing for four children. Now her secret was out, and in quick order she lost her job, surrendered her driver’s license, and gave away her Pontiac Grand Am. She spent the next 10 years applying for disability and public assistance benefits, raising three children to adulthood, getting her youngest ready to graduate high school this June, and seeing dozens of doctors about her spells. She now spends her days in a carefully organized Cortland apartment watching TV, playing with her black-and-white cat, Roscoe, visiting family, shopping, and having fewer worries about her spells that had become daily concerns.

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2016 Annual Report

After five years of fruitful collaboration with the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and lots of hard work by a team of committed health care professionals at UR Medicine, I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Cayuga Center for Neuroscience, a new program of Cayuga Health System.

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Life is Sweet After Surgery

Carrying 40- to 80-pound boxes of honey from beehives to his truck was becoming painful for Nick Shilliff in the summer of 2015. His left hip would ache during the day and keep him awake at night. “It got so I couldn’t take three steps without pain, and I couldn’t sleep because I could not get comfortable,” he recalls.

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Staying in the Game

Caelia Thomas, captain of the girls’ varsity soccer team at Ithaca High School, got back her kick with help from sports medicine specialists and physical therapists at the Cayuga Wellness Center.

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Interview with an Oncology Nurse Navigator

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