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World-Class Neurological Care Making a Difference in the Lives of Our Patients
Diagnosed with MS in 2009, Leann—a mother of 4, each under 6 years old—imagined a future confined to a wheelchair. But six weeks after her diagnosis, she signed up for a triathlon and hasn't looked back since. Now more than 10 years later, Leann heads the Central Illinois MS Council, actively fundraises for the research and treatment of MS, and continues to compete in triathlons.
When Richard was first told he had a brain tumor, he was stunned. He felt he couldn’t see past his diagnosis or understand what life would be like after surgery. But with the support of his family and OSF INI, Richard scheduled surgery. After having the tumor removed, Richard’s first question was, “When can I get back on my bike?” The answer: only a few short weeks.
Following a traumatic neck injury that left him paralyzed from the neck-down, Osvaldo was rushed to OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. There, in collaboration with the specialized team at OSF INI, Dr. Dinh performed neck surgery to address the damage. Now, Osvaldo is “a walking miracle,” having regained full mobility and well on his way to returning to active duty.
In December of 2005, Rachel experienced a blackout while driving, sending her 30 feet over a cliff. Through her recovery, doctors couldn’t explain the cause, but later after collapsing a second time and waking up to paramedics, it would be understood as the start of Rachel’s journey with epilepsy. Now, through proper medication and treatment with the help of OSF INI, Rachel lives seizure free and strives to educate others through her work and advocacy with the Epilepsy Foundation.
No one is ever prepared to hear “You have Parkinson’s disease.” But, when it happened to Ned, he felt especially unprepared having lived a healthy life filled with exercise and accomplishment. Through his diagnosis and management in partnership with OSF INI, Ned has been able to combat the onset of his Parkinson’s disease as best as possible, and even started a Peoria location of Rock Steady Boxing, a national association of gyms specializing in personal training and group exercise for those living with Parkinson’s disease.
When Pamela experienced her stroke, she knew time was critical. Arriving at OSF, her care team immediately got to work diagnosing her specific stroke and planning her treatment. Once Pamela was stable, the team at OSF partnered with her to plan her inpatient recovery, just a brief three-day stay before returning to her family. Today, Pamela calls herself blessed for the quick and superior care she received at OSF, which resulted in a shorter hospital stay and her ability to continue living her life just as she had before.