Brain Aneurysm Treatment

On the morning of March 14, 2016, I was doing my normal workout routine at the gym. After I had finished, I stood up with the worst headache of my life and then I collapsed. I was diagnosed with four aneurysms in my brain. Two of them had ruptured. I was transported to OhioHealth’s Riverside Methodist Hospital, where I was treated by Drs. Peter J. Pema of Riverside Radiology & Interventional Associates (RRIA) and James Uselman, MD of the OhioHealth Neuroscience Center. I had two brain surgeries. After I regained consciousness, I was amazed by the extraordinary care I received from the physicians, nurses, and the entire staff. They treat you like you’re a member of their family. It was actually bittersweet to leave! Everyone was just extraordinary. They genuinely care about what they’re doing.

Today I am still living with two unruptured cerebral aneurysms. They're too small to treat, so I will remain under Dr. Pema’s care so they can continue to be monitored. I go back every couple years for an angiogram.

Thanks to the extraordinary team of specialists at RRIA, I got to marry the love of my life on August 17, 2016 in a skydive wedding in Vegas. Drs. Pema and Uselman thought I was crazy, but they determined me well enough and gave me the "all clear" to skydive and that I did.

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Uterine Fibroid Embolization

“I was having a lot of symptoms related to heavy menstrual cycles, extremely tired all the time, fatigue, heartburn, indigestion, low back ache, and lots of digestive “issues”. I went to my gynecologist and she referred me to Dr. Schirf. Dr. Schirf had a very relaxed and down to earth bedside manner with a good sense of humor; he seemed very skilled and competent. I must say I was a little skeptical about the procedure, I was so relieved to find out that I was a good candidate for Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). I wasn’t willing to take 6-8 weeks off work for a hysterectomy even though I felt so miserable. Although the recovery for the procedure was painful yet controlled with medication, it was a shorter recovery with exactly one week off from my work. I continued to feel more like myself every day following the procedure; my periods are now manageable and my energy has returned to normal with all the other symptoms completely disappearing. I am so thankful it was a success. I have recommended Dr. Schirf to many of my clients and friends….. Truly remarkable modern medicine!”

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