Spring Issue 2019

Private: Sister Act

Hearing clearly enriches women’s lives. Leila Dean and Merle Godbold are sisters, and like most sisters, they’re close and have many traits in common. One characteristic the Washington, DC natives share, unfortunately, is a deteriorating hearing loss. By late 2018, Leila’s and Merle’s hearing losses had just about reached their nadir. Leila Dean “I could hardly hear what anyone was saying,” shares Leila, a retired Avon® representative. “It sounded like everyone was mumbling, and I h...

Private: Viable Alternative

Chemotherapy before surgery saves diseased bladder. After toiling for more than 50 years as a landscaper and supervisor with the Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department, Timothy Jacoby retired this past summer while working the most important job he’s ever had – fighting cancer. Joann & Timothy Jacoby “Bladder cancer, to be specific,” Timothy, 66, confirms. “It was discovered at the beginning of July after my primary care physician thought the cause of some bleeding I was...

Private: Restore Youth and Vitality

BHRT restores energy, enriches sex life. Being a group fitness and Tabata instructor, Debra Ruyle was dismayed when she started experiencing low energy last year. The former snowbird from Tuscaloosa, Alabama didn’t think it was normal exhaustion from activity that was slowing her down. The fatigue was too severe. Plus, she was experiencing other uncomfortable feelings at the same time. Walter “Ken” Ruyle “I just didn’t have the energy to do the things I wanted to do,” Debra reco...

Private: Fascinating Findings

Countless uses for deep tissue laser therapy. Vermont native Roland Desjardins spent the bulk of his 30-year career in the US Air Force flying refueling tankers. The career he began shortly after leaving the military was one seemingly inspired by all those years spent soaring the heavens. Roland Desjardins “At the urging of a very dear friend of mine who just happened to be a Catholic priest, I went to the seminary, and in 1985, I was ordained by the Diocese of Orlando as a dea...

Private: Single-Session Smiles

Unique protocol restores appearance and self-confidence in one visit Before retiring in October 2017, Jo Ann Forcino was supervisor of student services for the Hernando County School District. In that role, she interacted with many individuals, and she possessed the poise and confidence to do her job successfully. Jo Ann’s new smile gives her more self-confidence. Back in 2014, however, Jo Ann didn’t have that same level of confidence. At the time, the Bronx, New York native was e...

Private: Skip the Surgery

Nonsurgical procedure regenerates aching, arthritic knee joint. Time was when Burnie Herring would while away most of her downtime hours working in her yard. The now 86-year-old retired school bus driver has long considered herself a “yard person.” The same goes for just about everyone else in her family as well. Burnie is walking comfortably again after having stem cell therapy on her right knee. “My two sons and I, we’re all yard people,” Burnie enthuses. “We love a beau...

Honor and Privilege

Doctors know where to go for cataract surgery. Glaucoma specialist Jeffrey Schwartz, MD, is now a year into his third decade as a member of the team of vision care experts at The Eye Institute of West Florida. It’s a decade that got off to a rather interesting beginning. Dr. Robert Weinstock (left) with Dr. Schwartz In early January 2018, Dr. Schwartz noticed he was no longer seeing as clearly as he was accustomed to out of his right eye, which had long been the eye that needed th...

Private: Noninvasive Alternative to Bypass Surgery

For the symptom-relieving benefits without the lengthy recovery. No one can accuse Chester Ralston of being lazy. He’s 78 and retired from his career as a private investigator, but planning on starting another career, perhaps in security. Little can keep him down, so when he started feeling ill last year and his symptoms didn’t go away, he eventually became concerned. With renewed energy, Chester is back to worklandscaping his yard. “I’ve had high blood pressure for a long time an...