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Patient Stories (Page 14)

A cancer survivor. A heart attack victim. Pediatric patients. Be inspired by medical stories from ordinary people who’ve had extraordinary challenges. Hear about the health problems and transformations of our patients.

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Life Saver: Med Student Catches Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm During Training
Patient Stories 1/3/2014

Jim Malloy was only supposed to be pretending to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). [caption id="attachment_7762" align="alignright" width="300"] During training, medical student Ryan Jones (right) caught an AAA in Jim Malloy.[/caption] This condition, where an area in the abdominal section of the aorta swells and can burst, is common…

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A Grateful Patient
Patient Stories 9/3/2013

UVA patient Betsy Houston, a freelance writer and editor, contributed this post. “A debt we can never repay…” That’s how my husband and I describe our relationship with the UVA Health System. Nearly ten years ago, the doctors and nurses in the hospital saved my life after a massive gastrointestinal…

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Brain Tumor Surgery and Recovery – One Patient’s Story
Patient Stories 5/1/2013

It started off as a splitting headache that would not go away. Michelle Green tried a number of therapies: Massage, acupuncture, visiting a chiropractor. Then a neighbor suggested she see a doctor. “Thank God for pesky neighbors,” Green says. The tumor growing in her brain was the size of a…

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In a Heartbeat: Alden’s Cardiac Arrest Story
Patient Stories 4/18/2013

Last year, Alden Moreton and his dad, Paul, decided to train for and run the Dominion River Rock 5k in Richmond. [caption id="attachment_6241" align="alignright" width="274"] Alden Moreton, who collapsed from cardiac arrest during a race last year[/caption] Then 12 years old, Alden was on both the football and lacrosse team…

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Insomnia? Get Some SHUTi
Patient Stories 1/18/2013

Like so many of us, Milisa Galazzi was having trouble sleeping. A busy artist, mother of teenage sons and manager of her family’s day camp, Galazzi assumed that lying awake for part of the night just came with the territory of keeping track of so many responsibilities. It took an…

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How My Mother Died: A Daughter’s Story of HIV/AIDS

It took Teshema Anderson a long time to feel comfortable telling people how her mother died. A well-dressed, professional-looking woman with a beaming smile, happy family and successful career who speaks openly and with conviction, it’s hard to believe she ever felt scared of anything. But when it came to…

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Breaking the Language Barrier: Interpreters Play Key Role in Patient Care
Patient Stories 10/10/2012

Fifteen percent of Charlottesville residents speak a language other than English at home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For them, understanding diagnoses and following care instructions would be nearly impossible without the help of interpreters. [caption id="attachment_4922" align="alignright" width="300"] Liz Cook (left) interprets American Sign Language for patient Wanda…

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