Every patient at Holy Name Medical Center has a story to tell. Our patients are fascinating individuals who are constantly inspiring us. Patient narratives tell the story of Holy Name. Here are just a few of them.
A Unique BirthPlace Experience
By the time she arrived at Holy Name Medical Center for a scheduled c-section, Mabel Acevedo had accepted the fact that her husband, United States Army Staff Sergeant, Emilio Acevedo,III, could not be with her, because he was deployed to...
Triathlons, even with MS
Maret Asaro's feet flapped occasionally when she walked and she had some numbness in her legs and hands but she wasn't too concerned - she figured it was a pinched nerve somewhere. But one day while driving she lost her sight whenever she looked down.
Twins Born at HNMC's BirthPlace
When Megan Auguste, 35, learned she was pregnant with twins last July there was no question in her mind that she would be delivering at Holy Name Medical Center. Her first son, Lucien III, 3, was born there, but her connection to the Teaneck hospital extends even farther back.
Battling Breast Cancer between Softball Games
When Laura Ayala learned she had breast cancer, she only had two questions: Was she going to lose her hair? And when could she get back on the softball field? Laura, 51, had been playing the sport since she was nine, through...
Heart Attack Survivor at 41
Heart disease runs in her family but Janette didn't think she'd have a heart attack at such a young age. It was the day after Thanksgiving in 2013 and Janette Basantes wasn't feeling quite right. She thought it might have been something she ate and when...
Poetry saved Laurie Byro's spiritual life. It has also played a major role in helping her deal with MS. Not the symptoms from the disease but the way people treat her. "I'm unwell but I look fine," Laurie, 56, said. "So people assume you're faking it when they see you...
Breast Cancer Survivor
A few years ago, a routine mammogram conducted at another healthcare facility revealed early signs of cancer in Janet Capone's left breast. The New Jersey native and former flight attendant was very familiar with this disease after watching...
Music keeps her going
Music doesn't just provide entertainment for Marjorie Catania - it's become her lifeline. During her 40-year battle with MS, Marjorie credits music with "keeping me alive." Through her many ups and downs, she never gave up her cornet, playing...
Thriving after Breast Cancer
Donna Dugan is the first to say she used to be a hypochondriac. Until she got breast cancer. Then she figured one of her biggest fears actually happened and she's still standing. Not only is she still standing, she's stronger and more vibrant...
Old Life is New with Bladder Reconstruction
Joseph Clausi was stunned when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer and told he had no options. At 60, he needed a cystectomy (bladder removal) and would have to get used to having a bag outside his body to collect urine. His active lifestyle...
From Despair to Hope
When Leslie Ferrier says Dr. Picone of Holy Name Medical Center saved her life, she isn't indulging in hyperbole. She had been planning her own suicide, trying to decide when and where so it wouldn't be messy. At 41, she had just been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis...
Heart Attack Survivor
It was a warm summer day. Chuck Gerity had just returned from the gym and was looking forward to a swim. A familiar face in the community, Chuck is a retired police officer and now works as vice president of operations at Holy Name Medical Center. After his usual...
Heart disease runs in Joan Goldman's family. Her father saw a cardiologist regularly and her mother had severe heart problems. When Joan felt short of breath walking her Yorkie near her home last summer, she wondered if she would be next.
Treated for PAD
For 74-year-old Nicholas Harper, putting socks on every day was an excruciating ordeal. "I had to wear slip on shoes all the time because I couldn't lace anything up but the shoes weren't as hard as the socks. Putting on socks was very difficult. It was crippling."
It was a Wednesday morning, Summer 2012. Beatriz Jaramillo, now 60, was working out with her personal trainer, when suddenly, her head fell to the right and she felt very tired. Thinking it was probably just low blood sugar, her trainer ran to get her juice; yet, within...
Unrelenting Migraine Finally Stopped
Suann suffered with migraines since she was a teenager - usually once a month or so - but found relief with medication. Then, a few years ago, she got one that just wouldn't go away. Ever...
Ovarian Cancer - Fight is Life-Changing
Laura Mack was making ends meet by bartending after losing her banking job but she was eating all the wrong things at all the wrong times. She put 30 pounds on her athletic frame and realized after a couple of years that it was...
Concussion Led to Migraines in Teenager
The hit to her head when she collided with her teammate was so hard, Margaret Murray could no longer remember her teamâ€™s plays. She tried desperately to keep up with the varsity basketball game â€“ she was a...
Nick Marchesani had always been active. But more than a decade ago he went from running five miles a day to a constant state of dizziness and nausea, vomiting each morning and ricocheting from one doctor to the next looking for the cause of his severe health decline.
Advocate for MS
Multiple sclerosis has taken its toll on Joe Revello's body over the past 18 years, but the neurological disease has never squelched his positive spirit and his willingness to advocate for others with MS. Always searching for answers to the puzzles of MS and ways to...
Uterine Fibroid Embolization Patient
Christine Reyes began having trouble with uterine fibroids in 2008. After an MRI was performed, she learned the mass was large and pressing on her bladder. Both Christine and her husband are physicians, she is...
Barbara Tillman, 67, a retired elementary school principal living in Fort Lee, chose to have her cancer protocol/treatment at Holy Name Medical Center. Upon Barb's receiving her specific colorectal cancer diagnosis in February 2011, by Drs. Ronald White...
Family Genes & Cancer
1 Doctor. 1 Family. 4 Lives Changed
They are a close, extended family of sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles. They share vacations and holidays, burdens and joys. But they also have an expansive history of cancer: one sister had uterine cancer, and an aunt and cousin each...