After a 6Â½ hour ordeal under the knife at NY Presbyterian Hospital three weeks ago for her double lung transplant, Renee was able to sit up, walk around, even carry outside the two pet dogs who were barking away when I arrived. Good watchdogs; wonderful woman! One of the things that Renee is forced to do is to wear a mask whenever she has company. While this made things a little more difficult for this hearing challenged reporter, we managed to communicate very well even though daughter Holly and Mom Theresa Marano helped out at times.
Besides being able to breathe now, Renee no longer has to carry oxygen with her. Her diet, while very loose, requires all fruits and vegetables to be heated, a small price to pay for the freedom. Of course she is still on medications which, according to her, at the beginning were prepared by her ever-loving husband, Jim. She cannot praise him enough for being there when she needed him despite a rigorous campaign schedule and the travails of keeping Paramus on course as well as a full time job. These meds have helped her get through the pain endured and aid in keeping the lungs from being rejected.
Throughout the years, Renee has been the driving force towards helping her husband, Jim Tedesco, in his career, political, family and social. It is something she misses this year, not being able to help the mayor in his fight to keep his office. She is used to going to most every function with him.
The Tedesco's have three 'children', Koren, J J and Holly. Koren has supplied them with some heavenly bliss, a 16 month old grandchild named Alex. That is not to say that J J and Holly have haven't helped as well.
Renee said that she would like to thank everyone for being so kind and thoughtful. She has been the recipient of many get well cards, prayers and thought. It was a great feeling to know that the people of Paramus care. If anyone would like to send her greetings, this plucky lady's e-mail address is: [email protected]