Testimonial: Ren Nardoni
After my son passed away from cancer, my wife and I started the Paul R. Nardoni foundation in his memory. Our goal is to provide comfort and aid to cancer patients and their families.
Over the last 14 years, through our networking and fundraising efforts with several health organizations, my wife, Roseann, and I have acquired knowledge on various health subjects. Because of this, she was able to recognize my symptoms when I was having a stroke, ultimately saving my life.
I work as the Human Resources Director for the City of West Palm Beach, and while in a meeting my hand began to curl and I had difficulty speaking. I called my wife and she suspected I was suffering a stroke.
Fortunately, she was close by, so she picked me up and drove me to Good Samaritan Medical Center, which happens to be a primary stroke center. The next thing I knew I was on a gurney, and less than two minutes later, I was getting a CT scan.
After reading my results, the doctor decided I would be a good candidate to receive tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a medication that helps break down blood clots.
Within an hour, my wife and daughter said they could already see a noticeable difference in my behavior. I stayed at Good Samaritan for four days and couldn’t have asked for better care while I was there.
During my stay, I started seeing one of the hospital’s speech therapists, Sarah Goodman, three times a week. I recently had my last session with her, and the results have been astounding. She not only helped me with my speech but she went above and beyond to teach me how to handle certain social situations – for example, what to do if I couldn’t think of a word during a phone call at work.
With her help, I was back at work in two weeks; in three, I was playing golf; and in four, I was playing tennis and going to the gym on a regular basis.
Surviving a stroke was a very humbling experience, and I am so grateful to have had such a positive outcome. To be able to continue my career, spend time with my family and focus on my son’s foundation is truly a blessing.
I owe my life to my wife, Rosann, for recognizing my symptoms and to the amazing stroke team at Good Samaritan Medical Center for their quick actions and outstanding care.
This testimonial reflects results achieved by this patient. Each case must be independently evaluated and managed.