Read stories about families who have battled through illnesses and more — because their stories are your stories, too.

UNC Health colon cancer patient Greg Meddlin with his family standing on a front porch

March 30, 2022

Facing Colon Cancer at 42

Father of two had longtime GI symptoms that turned out to be cancer.

Colorectal Cancer, Patient Stories

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UNC Health kidney transplant recipient Barry Ruzzi

March 4, 2022

A Kidney for Dad

A remote kidney donation allowed a daughter to donate a kidney to her father across states during the pandemic.

Organ Donation, Transplants

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UNC cancer patient Katy standing on a tropical beach

December 2, 2021

Student Conquers Bone Cancer in College and Becomes a Psychiatrist

Weeks after Katy Sims left for her first semester of college, an unexpected bone cancer diagnosis changed the trajectory of her life.


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older woman pets large dog, sitting in her living room

November 24, 2021

Retired Nurse Benefits from Hospital-at-Home Program

A new program provides hospital-level care in patients’ homes.

Home Health Care, Older Adult Health

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Male legs/feet on weight scale on floo

October 15, 2021

Survivor: Boys and Men Have Eating Disorders, Too

Males are often more hesitant to ask for help due to cultural pressures and stereotypes.

Men's Health, Mental Health

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Shot of a young businessman suffering from a backache while working at his desk in his office.

September 17, 2021

Relieving the Pain of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

This common back condition can be treated.

Back Pain, Surgery

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Lung transplant recipient and UNC patient Scott Johnson

August 3, 2021

Lung Transplant Recipient Goes ‘Double or Nothing’ in Ocean Paddleb...

Nearly 20 years after transplant, Scott Johnson is still pursuing intense athletic challenges.

Lung Health, Transplants

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Headshot of Eleanor, UNC Children's patient

July 29, 2021

Treatment Helps 2 Extraordinary Students Pursue Dreams of Helping O...

Their experiences with spinal muscular atrophy inspired their career paths.

Children's Health, Genetics, Neurology

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Stroke survivor and UNC REX patient Jason Heiser looks forward to new challenges once races resume.

December 24, 2020

His Biggest Obstacle Yet: A Stroke

Thanks to his co-workers’ quick thinking, an active 34-year-old recovers fully from a stroke.


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Ashley Long with her newborn twin babies.

June 18, 2020

Mom Delivers Twins After Scary Diagnosis 

Placenta accreta can be dangerous for mom and baby, so an expert team is critical.

Maternal Health, OB-GYN, Pregnancy and Maternal Health, Women's Health

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cartoon of woman looking to the side, neck visible

April 8, 2020

Young Oral Cancer Survivor Shares Her Story

Regular visits to the dentist can help with early detection of oral cancer.

Ear, Nose, and Throat Health, Head and Neck Cancer, Patient Stories

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A photograph of patient Doug Jones with his wife, Letha Jones.

February 14, 2020

Quick-Thinking Passersby Save a Life After Heart Attack

NC State alumni, Raleigh police, Wake EMS and the UNC REX Emergency Department worked together to save a man's life.

Heart Attacks

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