Gratitude Stories – Amy
The surgery process was scary for me,” Amy Bergeron admits, “but the doctors, nurses, and all of staff really alleviated my fears and made the day one where I felt blessed and lucky.
Amy Bergeron was battling complications of thyroid eye disease. The rare condition is marked by the immune system mistakenly attacking the muscle and fat tissue behind the eyes—causing progressive inflammation and damage to eye muscles, eyelids, and tear glands, and leading to the formation of scar tissue.
Her Rhode Island Hospital doctors recommended surgery as the best course of action to remedy the vision issues Amy was experiencing. She agreed and underwent a procedure to remove her thyroid gland. The surgery was successful.
As fate would have it, Amy’s surgery was scheduled the same day as Rhode Island Hospital’s annual Day of Giving telethon: April 7, 2022. Amy says all her experiences with Rhode Island Hospital and its staff have been positive and that the care she’s received has been delivered expertly and with great compassion. So, when a communication about supporting the event found its way to the Bergeron’s inbox, they knew what to do.
“The morning of the surgery, my husband and I received an email about the Day of Giving and felt like it was a sign,” says Amy, who received the email because she has supported other hospital efforts in the past. “We were very right! The surgery process was scary for me, but the doctors, nurses, and all of staff really alleviated my fears and made the day one where I felt blessed and lucky. Without a doubt, the kindness, caring, and attention that I received from everyone confirmed that my husband and I were so right to donate during the Day of Giving.”