Krystle’s journey started in July of 2016, when she was a 27 year old graduate student at Tulane, and had her whole life ahead of her when she felt a bump during a breast self-examination. When the results of her mammogram came in, Krystle was diagnosed with stage 1 invasive ductal carcinoma, more commonly known as stage 1 breast cancer.
Howell Graham, who received a lung transplant at UNC Hospitals, is now the longest-surviving lung transplant patient in the United States. He talks about his transplant, the first for a cystic fibrosis patient at UNC, and his appreciation for the better life he received with his new lungs. Thomas M. Egan, M.D., M.Sc., was Graham’s transplant surgeon.