Some patients’ stories stick in my mind — and my heart — long after our conversations. Many I recall without having to consult the publications where they were featured, such as:
These and the many other patients I have been blessed to meet had many different experiences, but shared one common lesson: Value. Every. Day. I am grateful for learning that lesson, and I thank them for sharing their stories.
One of the most rewarding parts of my job is writing stories about patients who have experienced amazing medical journeys — and in many cases, miracles. Here are a few that I recently wrote for NewYork-Presbyterian. I hope you are as inspired by their stories as I am!
Lauren, the young heart transplant survivor who changed the organ donation law in New York State
Toba, who survived a giant brain tumor diagnosed when she was a newborn
Steven, the state-ranked high school tennis player who had major heart surgery, made it to the state finals the same year, and is now in college
Meline, whose treatment with immunotherapy is extending her life after being diagnosed with melanoma
Ron, whose visit to a Duane Reade pharmacy near his office probably saved his life