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Jahlia Parker

October 4, 2021

At ten years old, Jahliah Parker likes to have fun with her siblings, play on her Nintendo Switch, and, along with thousands of other children across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, is ready to go back to in-person school. She is the youngest girl of six children; her brother, whom she is close to, is the youngest in the family, and none of them do anything without the others. Much like her siblings, she is an ordinary kid except for one little thing, her congenital heart condition. Throughout her entire life, Jahliah has had to deal with erratic heart rhythms, skipping of her heart, heart beating too fast, sometimes to the point of pain, and asthma.  At the age of nine, she started to have fainting spells.

Lee Conner

April 14, 2021

Lee was diagnosed with influenza A, a severe strain of the flu, coupled with Strep pyogenes pneumonia. This combination left Lee unconscious, forcing his family to make the decision to put him on ECMO. His pregnant wife and family stayed by his side as he fought to heal.

Brighid Willis

March 25, 2021

Breast Cancer Treatment During COVID-19 Finding the Lump COVID-19, a diagnosis that everyone understands and all that anyone can talk about these days. People are still staying home, staying in quarantine, wearing masks and trying to go about their everyday lives. For those diagnosed with another disease, the potential of contracting COVID-19 adds another layer … Continued

Maria Frangella

February 1, 2021

A Story Twenty-Five Years in the Making The year was 1995, and Maria Frangella was a 27-year-old New Jersey native. A young woman looking forward to getting married to her future husband and best friend. However, Maria was suffering from rectal bleeding, constipation, and bowel issues. She had all the symptoms of Colon Cancer but … Continued

Linda Kelly

January 21, 2021

Linda Kelly, a 66-year-old mother of four daughters, was a special education teacher for sixth to eighth-grade students in North Carolina for many years. She was diagnosed with breast cancer 20 years ago and received treatment that included a mastectomy and radiation. The medical intervention saved her life but led to some later complications that … Continued

Harrison McNally

December 2, 2020

Harrison McNally is like any other two-year-old boy. He sits in the living room with his four-year-old sister laughing, playing, and having a good time. However, Harrison has a unique path in front of him. At three months old, he was diagnosed with Kabuki syndrome, a rare disorder that affects each child born with it in diverse ways.

Cynthia Stingone

September 4, 2020

In July of 2013, 60-year-old Cynthia Stingone, known to her friends and family as Cindy, had a persistent cold and cough. Living in Homestead, Florida, with her husband, they enjoyed the sun and sand while dealing with the occasional hurricanes and palmetto bugs that come with the Florida sunshine. She went to her primary care physician to find out why her cough wouldn’t go away.

Harvey Jeffries

June 26, 2020

Who is Harvey Jeffries? A former professor in the UNC Gilling’s School of Public Health, Harvey Jeffries is no stranger to the UNC system. Born in Virginia, raised on a small farm in Fayetteville, Harvey spent his childhood days exploring the woods around his home, collecting specimens, and cataloging them with his microscope. He graduated … Continued