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Grateful patient pays it forward by rescuing a dog

Diane Blum-Romaine was living a wonderful life — retired; babysitting her grandchildren; and enjoying time with friends, her husband and their rescued dogs. Then one day, she thought she pulled a muscle at the gym.

But it turned out to be bad news: Diane had endometrial cancer.

From fear to trust in her physician

“I was really freaking out,” she remembers. “My daughter was about to have a baby. I started waking up in the middle of the night terrified, crying, wondering if I would ever see that baby.”

Diane’s doctor sent her to Southside Hospital, to the same specialist who treated her mother years ago — Benjamin Schwartz, MD.

“That was all I had to hear,” she says. “My husband is the town supervisor in Brookhaven, but I wanted to go wherever Dr. Schwartz was. He is amazing. He answered questions I didn’t even know to ask and made me feel like I was his only patient. I knew I was in good hands at Southside.”

quotation mark [Dr. Schwartz] answered questions I didn’t even know to ask and made me feel like I was his only patient.
Diane Blum-Romaine

Fulfilling a promise

Before her hysterectomy to remove the cancer, Diane made a promise with God: “If I got through the surgery and anesthesia, I would pay it forward and rescue another dog.”

Diane is cancer free, and her new dog “Lucky” has his forever home.

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