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Sometimes, if we’re lucky, a gift will come out of a bad situation. When it means a second chance at life, Peter Hogenson is determined to take advantage of his gift and devote himself to caring for others.
In March 2012, Peter began feeling some numbness in his left leg. Over the following days, the numbness began spreading, and he felt off balance. One night, over dinner with friends, he became faint and lost feeling of his entire left side. He was taken to the Swedish/Cherry Hill emergency department where physicians determined he had suffered a brain hemorrhage, known as a cavernous malformation.
Everyone from the triage nurses to the a la carte staff were fantastic, but three people made our stay exceptional. Jen, our labor and delivery nurse, was amazing. She was incredibly attentive, yet was great at giving us our privacy, very detail oriented and obviously great at her job. We had a natural childbirth and she was a huge help in getting us through the hard parts. Toni, the NAC, made the move to postpartum almost fun. She was so sweet and made us so comfortable. She made us feel like we had the best baby there. Amy, the night RN on the postpartum unit was also incredibly caring and attentive and made us feel like we were her first priority, even though we know she had other patients.
Just 5 short months after my father was killed in a car accident and two weeks before retiring, my mom was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma – brain tumor.
After the initial diagnosis, everything happened so quickly. The surgeon came to see my sister and me and said he believed it was a Glioblastoma and that it was the worst type of cancer someone could get. He also said he’d like to operate that day but his schedule was booked with other operations. So he decided he wanted to remove the tumor first thing the following morning. We didn’t know anything about the surgeon or what questions to even ask. We felt very alone, confused and devastated by the horrible news. I got on my computer and sent out emails to everyone I knew looking for surgeon recommendations. I researched as much as I could in the short bit of time I had before the surgeon wanted to operate which was now less than 18 hours away I had two people recommend Swedish’s Neuroscience Institute. That was enough for me.
It all starts when you walk in the door and you are greeted by Tony the security guard. With hair, without hair, a week apart from visits or six months apart, he remembers my name every time. He gives me a hug, he asks me how I’m feeling and says I look beautiful. What a great way to go through treatment for breast cancer.
On May 19th, 2010 I gave birth to my baby Mya. At that time I was transferred to Swedish from a level II nursery hospital. I was 23 weeks pregnant and I was leaking amniotic fluid. I was put into an ante partum room where I was going to remain pregnant as long as I could. The doctors and nurses were so kind to me which made me relax. Unfortunately I delivered my daughter that same night. I knew her odds of survival were very slim.
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