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Bariatric Surgery Patient Loses 91 Pounds and Gains New Lease on Life

Tamra Rose says she was overweight most of her adult life. But when her son turned a year and a half, and the scale tipped passed her delivery weight, Tamra had enough. She works at Hoag and had learned from a colleague that the hospital was opening a Bariatric Weight Loss Program. She had thought … Continued

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Fudge Family Acute Rehabilitation Center Patient Says Hoag Is ‘Living Out Their Hearts for Society’

It was such a small stumble. Oscar Constandse and his buddies were at the tail end of a bachelor party in Cabo San Lucas. The hour was way, way too late, and Oscar tripped on his way to the cantina bathroom. That’s all he remembers about the accident. His friends told him later that he … Continued

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Bypass Patient Grateful for His Winning Team

Dan Ryan is a competitive person with an abiding appreciation for sports. So, when he refers to Anthony Caffarelli, M.D., as the “Tom Brady” of heart surgeons, the analogy commands attention. “It is pretty cool that you’re excited that the guy is going to give you a quintuple bypass,” said Dan, 59, who recently underwent … Continued

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Neuroscience

After 72 Years of Seizures, Epilepsy Patient Says Hoag Gave Him His Life Back

His seizures began at the age of 4. By the time Michael Merritt was 72, his epilepsy became so severe his wife was sure he was going to die. But in 2018, Michael’s doctors referred him to the Epilepsy Program at Hoag’s Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute, where he met Program Director David Millett, M.D., Ph.D. … Continued

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Women's Health

Maternal Mental Health Patient Is Grateful for Her Experience

Asked why she chose to seek out the Hoag Maternal Mental Health Program, Sarah Levine describes a day in her life. Picture the scene: It’s smack-dab in the middle of one of those random heat waves and the air conditioning goes out (because, of course it does). Sarah is in the kitchen with twin babies … Continued

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Wellness

One Decision ‘Saved My Life’ – Hoag Patient Grateful for Doctor’s Diligence

Eugene Yim, M.D. Steve Prough and his wife, Kathy, decided to enroll under the care of Dr. Eugene Yim in August. He says, one month later, that decision saved his life. In September, in the midst of the pandemic, Steve visited Dr. Yim with a fever and a cough that had persisted for a week. … Continued

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Digestive Health

After a Lifelong Search, Gastroparesis Patient Finds Hope

Within minutes of their first meeting, Caitlin Houghton, M.D., said the words that Brittney Pisanelli, 33, had been hoping to hear for most of her life: “You have options.” “I started crying in her office,” Brittney said. “I had never been told that before. Someone wanted to help me. Someone wanted to help me function … Continued

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Nurse Becomes First Patient of Hoag’s Bariatric Weight Loss Program

The weight gain happened slowly, following a back injury that benched the soccer-loving Lori Zaccari at the age of 31. Then health issues started to creep in – rising cholesterol levels and blood pressure, borderline diabetes. By the time Lori Zaccari was 44, her appearance and health had undergone a troubling transformation. She stopped posing … Continued

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Virtual Connections Leading the Way

Daniel Diaz, 30, said one blessing in disguise of the COVID-19 pandemic was that his Hoag Type 1 diabetes support group meetings went virtual. He recently moved to San Diego and was upset at the possibility of not going to First Friday gatherings. “I was so sad about it, and then the pandemic hit; I … Continued

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Digestive Health

GERD Took Its Toll for 30 Years. An Advanced Procedure Gives Patient a New Start.

Frederick Tuerck knew he suffered from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition that causes acid reflux to backwash from the stomach, eroding the lining of the esophagus. Over time, this led to frequent pain traveling from his chest to his spine, leaving him increasingly frustrated. Over the course of 30 years, as he served his … Continued

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