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Brain Tumor Patient Story – Kristina Lollar

July 6, 2021

Since she was 11 years old, Kristina Lollar had experienced migraines, yet it was not until the past year that it became more severe. This prompted Kristina to visit a neurologist who recommended they perform an updated MRI. When looking at the scans, they discovered a brain tumor wrapped around her brain stem. As the … Continued

Spinal Neurosurgery Patient Story – Emily Greene

July 1, 2021

“You are in the right place. We can help you.” In 2018, Emily Greene noticed that she was having some pain in her arms and shoulders, which she originally thought was an outcome of her weekly workout classes. The pain became excruciating in October of 2018 and she was referred to an orthopedic surgeon at … Continued

Spine Surgery Patient Testimonial – Joe Romano

June 15, 2021

In August of 2018, Mr. Joe Romano noticed numbness in his left leg that progressively worsened over the next three months. Mr. Romano works at UNC Health with Dr. Price. While crossing paths with Dr. Price in the hall, Mr. Romano asked about his symptoms, and Dr. Price suggested that he be evaluated formally with … Continued

Pituitary Tumor Patient at UNC Health – Ms. Godley

June 8, 2021

Around three years ago, Ms. Godley had a pituitary tumor removed by Dr. Quinsey and Dr. Thorp, a surgeon from UNC’s Department of Otolaryngology. She had noticed that her wedding ring and shoes were fitting a bit tighter, common symptom of acromegaly. She also felt some dizziness getting in and out of bed. Though she … Continued

Brain Tumor Patient Story

June 2, 2021

Around eight months ago, Ms. Thompson discovered that she had a benign brain tumor on her brainstem. Originally, she was very opposed to having surgery, though several different doctors told her it was necessary. It wasn’t until she met Dr. Quinsey that she finally felt comfortable moving forward with a procedure. She was drawn to … Continued

Pituitary Tumor Patient at UNC Health

May 25, 2021

After noticing his vision was deteriorating in late 2018, Mr. M went to the ophthalmologist, thinking that he might have a cataract. He was then told that he had a large tumor, around the size of a ping-pong ball, on his pituitary gland. An endocrinologist in Hickory, NC told him that for this surgery, he … Continued

Abigail Stephan

March 25, 2021

The day before Thanksgiving, Abby Stephan checked into UNC Hospital to have her pineal cyst fenestrated by Dr. Quinsey. In the months prior, she was experiencing headaches and numbness. She spoke to many different doctors before deciding that UNC was where she wished to have her procedure. She was able to tell just by speaking … Continued

Linda Hewitt

September 16, 2016

Linda Hewitt for years thought she had a simple ear issue until CT and MRI scans made it clear that without skull-base surgery she risked a painful and life-threatening disease. Linda Hewitt was recovering from a bad cold in December 2011 when she realized she had a fuzzy feeling in the right side of her … Continued

Megan Phillips

April 21, 2016

Megan Phillips shares her life-changing story of treatment and recovery from acute promyelocytic leukemia and a hemorrhagic stroke.

Lee McLean

April 15, 2016

Lee McLean suffered from back and leg pain for over 20 years before a spinal fusion surgery helped her regain an active life. Lee McLean’s back and leg pain started over 20 years ago. Through the years, she sought out medical care that included steroid injections, laminectomy surgery, physical therapy and even a less traditional … Continued