Angela Miller will be the first to tell you that she has a stubborn streak, so, when she was awakened by a paralyzing stroke on May 7, she did exactly what she should not do – she returned to bed to “sleep on it.” It wasn’t until almost 8 hours later when Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center neurosurgeon Keith Woodward, MD, removed the blood clot from her brain that Miller learned just how fortunate she was to be alive.
Jeff Sharpe’s “big one” wasn’t a fish – it was a heart attack that left him unresponsive for more than four minutes. It took two shocks from the paddles, four stents and FSRMC’s 12-week, 36-session cardiac rehab program to set him on a new path to healthy living.
When Kerrie Merz weighed 336 pounds, she dealt with knee pain every step of the way from her car to the door of the movie theater. Then there was the challenge of fitting into a seat. “I would squeeze myself into that chair – literally get into it and have my body overflowing out of […]