Patient Stories

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 and by our patients.

Skipping Sunscreen? A Skin Cancer Patient’s Story

Did you know? One person dies of melanoma every hour, and it’s the most common form of cancer in adults 25-29 years old.

Every spring, we begin seeing the magazine articles and public service announcements reminding us to wear sunscreen to prevent skin cancer.

But if you’re a fair-skinned 20-something like…

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One UVA Employee’s Kidney Transplant Story

Mike Miller was a healthy 23-year-old. He never got sick. But that all changed suddenly when what he thought was a routine illness put him on a decade-long journey that ended with a kidney transplant at UVA.

Goodpasture’s Syndrome

Miller thought he had a cold. But when he started coughing up…

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Organ Donation: The Gift of Life

Eighteen people die each day because there aren’t enough organs available for those in need, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Laurie Miller of Harrisonburg donated a kidney to a stranger in need.


And there are more than 100,000 people on the waiting list for organs nationwide,…

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