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Cancer Care

LaTeacha Coleman

LaTeacha Coleman, a beauty pageant contestant from Fayetteville, talks about facing breast cancer at age 25. View the story

Demetris Coleman

Demetris Coleman, LaTeacha's husband, recounts his experience with UNC Health Care in helping his wife in her battle with breast cancer. View the story

Barbara Dymond

Barbara Dymond of Sanford discusses how a team of UNC doctors worked together to help her fight back against melanoma. View the story

Colonel Jack Carroll

Colonel Jack Carroll (USMC, Ret.) of Mt. Gilead talks about taking on acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) with the aid of UNC Health Care people like Dr. Tom Shea, head of UNC's bone marrow transplant team. View the story

Kelvin Whitfield

Kelvin Whitfield of Durham tells how robotically-assisted surgery by Dr. Raj Pruthi helped him recover in six weeks rather than 12 months—and how UNC caregivers helped his family too. View the story

Timmy Baker

Timmy Baker of Zebulon, a rising sophomore at East Carolina University, recounts how attentive and compassionate the doctors at UNC have been as he’s undergone treatment for T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. View the story


Gena Wright

Gena Wright of Knightdale discusses how UNC Fertility Preservation has given her husband and her the possibility of adding to their family in the future. View the story

Kristin Gainey

Kristin Gainey of Raleigh tells of her experience with UNC Fertility Preservation and how the doctors there were able to preserve a number of her eggs-and the prospect of having a family. View the story


Lia of Durham, NC shares her experience with UNC Health Care's Fertility Clinic and the personal care shown by Dr. Fritz and the nursing team. View the story


Cardiac Care

HD Reaves

H.D. "Cobby" Reaves of Chapel Hill suffered cardiac arrest. UNC doctors revived him and implanted a defibrillator in his chest. He shares thoughts on how UNC Health Care made a positive difference for him and his family. View the story

Barb Chapman

Barb Chapman of Chapel Hill describes her heart attack and the outstanding care she received at UNC Health Care. View the story

Julian Ramirez

Julian Ramirez of Durham describes the highly personalized care he received before and after his cardiac bypass surgery - and how the doctors and nurses were sure to include his wife in discussions as well. View the story

John Ross

John Ross of Pittsboro, who suffered cardiac arrest, talks about UNC Health Care’s cardiac rehabilitation program and the care he received from the doctors, nurses and other professionals there. View the story

Ethan Henderson

Ethan Henderson of Fuquay-Varina tells his story of how he was diagnosed with Osteoid Osteoma and his treatment experience at UNC Health Care. View the story

Weight-loss Surgery

Gena Wright

Bill Biggers of Chapel Hill recounts how weight-loss surgery has given him a new lease on life. View the story

Gena Wright

Phyllis Thomas of Pittsboro, North Carolina, describes how she came to undergo gastric-bypass weight-loss surgery and the health benefits it's provided her. View the story

Reconstructive Surgery

Brenda McCants

Brenda McCants of Durham says that the UNC reconstructive surgery team "...gave me my life back." She discusses the care and empathy UNC doctors and nurses showed her during the initial consultation on breast reconstruction, through the surgery itself and beyond. View the story

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