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Patient Stories

Patients are everything to us at Hotel Dieu Shaver and each patient has a story. Read how with your help, we can help our patients.


HDS Patient Story - Wilma Telesnicki

HDS Patient Story - Wilma Telesnicki

Posted May 18th, 2017 in News, Volunteer, Patient

Wilma experienced a number of our programs and through the help of all the therapists here, Wilma is able to function almost normally again. “I learned to maneuver around a kitchen again, was taught how to slice vegetables, I learned many things that I had lost the ability to do on my own as a result of the stroke and now I pretty well do everything on my own except I have to use a walker.” She is also an example for others in our community who have challenges to overcome.

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HDS Patient Story - Douglas Swales

HDS Patient Story - Douglas Swales

Posted Jan 27th, 2017 in Patient

He may have lost his foot and portion of his leg, but he has so many other things to be thankful for. “My wife works midnights yet visited my every single day when I was in the Welland hospital and she comes here to visit me 3 days a week. I tell her she’s crazy but she loves me and I love her so much.”

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Corey Kantola - Patient Story

Corey Kantola - Patient Story

Posted Nov 18th, 2016 in Patient

“The people you have in your life - that’s what’s important.”

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HDS Patient Story - Meet Alan & Cathy Rysdale

HDS Patient Story - Meet Alan & Cathy Rysdale

Posted Aug 31st, 2016 in News, Patient

It was here that Cathy noticed that Alan was on his way to recovery. “I heard a lot of good things about Hotel Dieu Shaver before we even came here,” she says, recalling friends and family members that have been patients here over the years. “Alan’s progression since coming here still amazes me.”

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John Rollo's

John Rollo's "Baby Steps"

Posted Jun 2nd, 2016 in News, Patient

Former patient John Rollo chronicles his remarkable recovery in his new book "Baby Steps". http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000028935125

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You're treated like a family member-Dean Robson

You're treated like a family member-Dean Robson

Posted Jan 18th, 2016 in Patient

“I am grateful for the nurses and therapists. Seeing the improvements in not only me but the other patients was amazing. I feel 1000 times better, and I owe my appreciation to everyone here, especially the nurses.”

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There's no other place like this-Lisette Garner

There's no other place like this-Lisette Garner

Posted Jan 7th, 2016 in Patient

Lisette walks through the hallways of Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre. Every few steps, nurses, therapist and porters stop to say hello. She greets each and every one of them with a hug. “I don’t remember all their names, but I remember their smiling faces,” she says. She’s knitted a couple of winter toques and gave them to the therapists. A small gift perhaps, but all she can give to show her gratitude.

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Sherry Carson

Sherry Carson

Posted Oct 27th, 2015 in Patient

I'm Sherry Carson and I have a voice. I'm not giving up.

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Tammy McCormick Ferguson

Tammy McCormick Ferguson

Posted Oct 19th, 2015 in Patient

Imagine for a moment that you are trapped in a body over which you have less and less control. The Augmentative and Alternative Communication Clinic at Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre is vital to me and others with communication disorders.

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Prudence Lau-Race to Recovery

Prudence Lau-Race to Recovery

Posted Sep 23rd, 2015 in Patient

Prudence Lau-Race to Recovery

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Robert Smith

Robert Smith

Posted Aug 20th, 2015 in Patient

It was right before Christmas when Robert Smith from Niagara Falls discovered that he had developed an ulcer on his right foot. On December 24, the 51-year-old resident of Niagara Falls was at the Wound Clinic in St. Catharines getting treatment at one of the two oxygen chambers in the region.

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Pete Tucker

Pete Tucker

Posted Jul 2nd, 2015 in Patient

You may have seen his story - an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) escort motorcycle squad was driving on Highway 400 in Barrie, comprising of about fifteen motorcycles. The roar of the engines scared some nearby geese from the ditch and one went flying into Officer Pete Tucker’s face - knocking him unconscious immediately.

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Felicia Kostecky

Felicia Kostecky

Posted Jun 9th, 2015 in Patient

“Everything is here for you to get better, and I used it to the extreme. Even if you did something 10,000 times with no result, go for 10,001. We’re here, so take advantage of it to get as well and as strong as you can.”

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Louise Westerhof's 800 km Walk for MS

Louise Westerhof's 800 km Walk for MS

Posted May 6th, 2015 in Patient

Buen Camino” That’s what Jacob & I will be saying when we embark on the greatest adventure (to date!) of our lives, this coming spring.

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Scott Howard - Living With Parkinson's

Scott Howard - Living With Parkinson's

Posted Mar 5th, 2015 in Patient

When Scott Howard’s right pinkie finger kept twitching, Scott knew it was an indication that something was wrong. Doctors misdiagnosed the twitching as work-related stress, blaming Scott’s job as a paramedic for 19 years as the cause. When the twitching progressed to his whole hand, Scott was sent to a motion specialist in London, Ontario. In 2006, two years after his initial visit to his doctor, Scott was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. The diagnosis was not a complete surprise to Scott—

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