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.
Acid reflux. That’s what doctors initially thought Helen Nance was suffering from. Her primary doctor listened to her complaints of nausea and did an ultrasound. The tests were inconclusive, so they set up an endoscopy for the following day. That way, doctors could use a camera to look down her esophagus to see what was going on. Unfortunately, for Helen, she never made it to that appointment.
While the risks are low, there is still a possibility of men developing breast cancer. That possibility became very real for John Ozols, who at 72 had settled comfortably into retirement. At 6’6”, a retired engineer living in Seneca, SC, his days included doing work around the house, his love for puttering in full force.
From the age of 14, Bill Wild knew he had a heart condition. His pediatrician detected a slight heart murmur and sent him in for additional tests. Doctors diagnosed Bill with bicuspid aortic valve, a congenital condition in which the main artery that leads to the body—the aorta—has two cusps instead of three. It is one of the most common congenital heart defects, affecting about 20 per 1000 babies born.
Margot Halpin was born at Mount Sinai in New York City with a ventricular septal defect (VSD). Three months later the Halpin family moved to Chapel Hill and met with the Cardiology & Surgery teams at UNC Children’s Hospital NC Pediatric Heart Center to plan her care.