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  • Chuck G.

    Chuck G.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    Chuck has been enjoying retired life for more than 14 years and has managed to stay active and fully enjoying his retirement. During the course of those years, however, he faced some challenging health scares, but came out strong in the end. Two years ago, Chuck suffered a mild stroke, which left some residual effects such as lower body weakness and some problems with his speech. “I came here to San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital after my stroke in 2018. That’s when I first heard ... Chuck has been enjoying retired life for more than 14 years and has managed to stay active and fully enjoying his retirement. During the course of ... Read More
  • Lydia O.

    Lydia O.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    In late August, Lydia was rushed to the Fresno Veterans Affairs Medical Center. What started out as severe stomach pain quickly turned into an altered mental status. Lydia began to experience memory loss and found herself lacking balance while standing or walking. “I’m glad my sister got me to the hospital right away,” said Lydia. At the VA Medical Center, she underwent extensive tests to determine what each of her many symptoms indicated. But after a few days at the VA Medical Center, ... In late August, Lydia was rushed to the Fresno Veterans Affairs Medical Center. What started out as severe stomach pain quickly turned into an altered ... Read More
  • David P.

    David P.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    David Petrosyan, 32, was accustomed to working long hours at his auto repair and body shop. As an owner and a mechanic, it wasn’t unusual to see him working long hours to help the business. His contribution to a thriving shop was something he enjoyed and did quite often. One Saturday afternoon, after a busy week at work, David agreed to meet his brother, Sam, and his brother-in-law, Rob. As David prepared to leave, his first instinct was to grab his car keys. Instead, he decided to ride ... David Petrosyan, 32, was accustomed to working long hours at his auto repair and body shop. As an owner and a mechanic, it wasn’t unusual to see him ... Read More
  • Ron H.

    Ron H.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    It was the last weekend in February when Ron Hill drove from Fresno to southern California to attend a funeral. He made the most of this trip by visiting some of his family members that lived in the area. The trip was fairly quick and easy according to Ron. Approximately one week later, Ron noticed he was getting sick. He developed symptoms starting with fatigue, cough, and a sore throat. From one day to the next, Ron was unable to overcome his symptoms. Ron couldn’t help but wonder if he ... It was the last weekend in February when Ron Hill drove from Fresno to southern California to attend a funeral. He made the most of this trip by ... Read More
  • Enedina & Jose G.

    Enedina & Jose G.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    It was a rainy April day. Enedina Galvan was on her way to purchase new tires for her vehicle. Her brother, Martin, and father, Jose, went along with her. As she drove down the highway, Enedina noticed the steering wheel started to shake. "The shaking kept getting worse as I drove down the highway," she said. "My brother noticed I was having difficulty driving and told me to pull over. But I couldn't." Enedina completely lost control of her vehicle as it veered toward oncoming traffic. ... It was a rainy April day. Enedina Galvan was on her way to purchase new tires for her vehicle. Her brother, Martin, and father, Jose, went along with ... Read More
  • Don L.

    Don L.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    Donald "Don" Luft grew up in Fresno in the 1940s. He recalls his mother and father serving the community, valuing hard work, and most of all, cherishing their family. “I come from a modest upbringing where my parents worked hard to provide for my brother and me. I didn’t know much about material wealth, I just remember being a happy child in a loving home with my family,” said Don fondly of his childhood. These values led Don to live a life filled with appreciation and a dedication to ... Donald "Don" Luft grew up in Fresno in the 1940s. He recalls his mother and father serving the community, valuing hard work, and most of all, ... Read More
  • George S.

    George S.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    George Silva remembered lying in bed one morning not feeling like his “normal self.” It was approximately 6:00 am and George noticed that his legs felt weak. It took a lot of effort for him to get out of bed. His legs were so weak that he held onto the wall as he walked to his bathroom. “Without a doubt in my mind, I knew something was wrong,” George stated. “I started to notice that it wasn’t just my legs, but my face felt strange, as well.” Within a few minutes, George walked slowly ... George Silva remembered lying in bed one morning not feeling like his “normal self.” It was approximately 6:00 am and George noticed that his legs ... Read More
  • Baldomero H.

    Baldomero H.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    Baldomero Herebia enjoys the simple things in life. He is retired and has been a great source of support to his wife. He cooks, cleans and takes care of the up keeping of their home. “I love spending time with my family," Baldomero said. "I have a wonderful wife and kids along with grandkids and great-grandkids. Family means a lot to me.” One day, Baldomero’s life took a sudden change of course. He fell at home, injuring his spine. Baldomero wouldn't be the same again. “It was one of ... Baldomero Herebia enjoys the simple things in life. He is retired and has been a great source of support to his wife. He cooks, cleans and takes care ... Read More
  • Olga A.

    Olga A.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    Olga sat in the emergency room wondering what was happening to her. Her symptoms came on gradually, but they had become noticeably worse in the past two weeks. Progressive weakness. Balance and gait issues. Memory loss. At first, Olga chalked it up to her age, but now she wasn't so sure. A few weeks back, Olga's daughter, Shelly, began asking her questions. Shelly thought a fall or other injury would explain the shuffling and short steps her mother was taking. "No, I didn't fall, but I ... Olga sat in the emergency room wondering what was happening to her. Her symptoms came on gradually, but they had become noticeably worse in the past ... Read More
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