All Posts in Category: Patient Stories

Born to Run!

Lithesome and blue-eyed with a ponytail that swings wildly as she runs, Lizzy Jewiss is a driven young athlete. In seventh grade she decided to take up running to stay in shape for soccer.

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When Every Minute Counts: Surviving a Heart Attack

Our lives are filled with many decisions every day, some more crucial and  long-lasting than others. The decision to seek immediate medical attention if you or someone you are with might be having a heart attack can actually save a life.

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Striking the Right Chord

Franklin Henry Jr. is not the type of person who likes to ask for help. Yet when his world was reduced to the space between his bed and his chair—and even that small distance made him struggle to catch his breath— he realized he could no longer handle his health problems on his own.

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“ I’m too young to have a heart attack.”

At 6 a.m. on a Friday morning in late May, Merle Bedient reported to work in the housekeeping department at Schuyler Hospital. Two hours into his shift, as he was sweeping and wiping down the emergency room, sharp pains started darting across his upper chest.

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A Very Hip Grandmother

Barbara Dubow, a registered professional nurse, worked in the health-care field for 41 years. She is well known in the Ithaca community as the former school nurse at Boynton Middle School and as a skilled caregiver at both Cayuga Medical Center and Surgicare. Dubow, now 63 and recently retired from nursing for the second time, is busier than ever in her role as “Granna” to three active young grandchildren. When her precious young charges visit, Dubow’s time is taken up with rousing rounds of kickball in the backyard, climbing up and down steps at the lake for fishing with the boys, and playing on the floor with her ten-month-old granddaughter. Nine months ago, however, this kind of activity would simply not have been feasible.

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Losing to Win

On cool days busy paralegal Shelley Love grabs her iPod and hoofs it up the steep Buffalo Street hill in about ten minutes from her downtown Ithaca office. Then she. circles back down the winding Cascadilla Gorge Trail for a total distance of 1.36 miles up and down hilly, twisting terrain. She does this in a little more than thirty minutes, usually during her lunch break.

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Lost and Found

Noelle Bartolis, 45, just celebrated the second anniversary of her weight-loss surgery. Over the past two years she has lost 140 pounds, and in the process she has found a healthy, active lifestyle that she can enjoy now and into the future. As proof, in September 2013, a year and two months after her surgery, Bartolis climbed over 1,000 feet of steep, rocky terrain with her sister Alison, to reach the summit of Stone Mountain in Stone Mountain, Georgia. This event marked the beginning of a new chapter in her life, one that includes vigorous activity and adventures that would not have been possible before.

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Help Along the Way

Antoinette Di Ciaccio, 49, has many interests. She became curious about wine after moving to Schuyler County in 1997 and living among lush hillsides covered with grapevines.

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An Early Arrival

When we met the Jawo family to talk about Rosemarie’s birth, they were preparing to move from Ithaca to Durham, North Carolina, to be closer to family. Lori Bruce-Jawo is well known to Ithaca as the Ithaca City School District’s former chief excellence officer. Her husband, Anthony Jawo, has been staying home with Rosemarie, who is clearly thriving under his care. At nine months old she weighed eighteen pounds and was twenty-eight inches tall, which put her right on target for her age.

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Mystery Solved, Pain Resolved

Madison Lodge is an energetic 16-year-old who never stops moving. Her whirlwind sports schedule starts each August with swim practice, shifts to basketball in November, and ends with her favorite—softball—in March.

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