Broward Health Patient Stories

Broward Health Patient Stories

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In 2020, Nancy Smith found a small lump in her breast while doing a regular self-exam. While the chef and mother of five wasn’t too worried, she knew she needed to get tested.



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In early 2021, David Feinberg developed jaundice. The medical condition, which causes skin or the whites of eyes to turn yellow, sent him to the Emergency Department at Broward Health Medical Center. It was there that he learned jaundice can be a sign of cancer.



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Amanda Aiello was just 10 years old when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a type of blood cancer. “It was the worst news that a parent could hear,” said Shannon Aiello, Amanda’s mother.



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Dylan Lindsey, who was in kindergarten at the time, had sniffles and other symptoms of a cold that wouldn’t wane despite repeated trips to the pediatrician. “He wasn’t eating, and his teacher sent notes home that he was sleeping in class, which was not normal for Dylan,” said his mother, Katrice Eason.



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In July 2021, Katrena Rockeymore rushed herself to Broward Health Imperial Point thinking she was having a heart attack. “I felt so much heaviness in my chest, it was like an elephant was sitting on me,” Rockeymore said.



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In 2019, Les Orosz was enjoying his retirement when his younger brother called to share some bad news. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and urged Orosz to get tested. Fortunately, Orosz followed that brotherly advice, even though he had no signs or symptoms of the disease.


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Stephen Zorovich

It was early on a Saturday morning when Stephen Zorovich, 61, realized something was wrong. He initially dismissed the feeling as indigestion and returned to sleep. By 6 a.m., when he was preparing to make coffee, Zorovich realized he was having a heart attack.



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Tony Chin
Tony Chin, 47, was teaching at the Coral Springs Fire Academy on October 30, 2020, when a co-worker noticed that he looked sick.

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Cathy Buchta
In 2019, the 66-year-old Cathy Buchta was ready to retire from her career in physical therapy, travel with her husband and spend more time with their children and grandchildren. But some days she had a lot of energy, and others she could barely make it from her bed to the couch.

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Gale Kaduce Oncology
On July 31 2020, Gale Kaduce underwent surgery at the hospital to remove the cancer. 17 days after the surgery, Kaduce rode her bike for four miles. “I am so relieved that the cancer is out,” she said.

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