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LIFE IN BALANCE

GETTING SIDELINED

No one is immune to unexpected health setbacks

VIM &

VIGOR
A FAMILY HEALTH MAGAZINE
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When watching Serena Williams on the court, I'm
always in awe. With four Olympic gold medals and
39 Grand Slam titles, Serena seems invincible. But
as you'll learn in this issue, even an elite athlete is not immune to
an unexpected health crisis. In 2011, Serena was sidelined for
almost a year after developing life-threatening blood clots that
blocked blood flow to her lungs. She developed more blood
clots in 2017 immediately after giving birth to a baby girl.
In this issue, you'll meet three Virginia women who've also
Pamela
confronted serious health setbacks: Skylar was only 24 when
Sutton-Wallace
she had a stroke; Susan was in her 30s when her heart began
to fail; and Karen was 50 when she learned that a flaw in a single gene caused
benign and cancerous tumors to form throughout her body.
For Karen, a cross-country move allowed her to be close to the UVA Health
System team that helped her "joyfully coexist with cancer" longer than expected.
When Karen shared her story, she knew she might not live to see it published. She
passed away April 30 but, as she wished, we share her story to continue her legacy
to spread awareness about an often overlooked disease (see page 6).
Skylar, too, is committed to raising awareness-sharing with everyone she meets
that a stroke can happen to anyone, at any age. Strokes are most common in the
elderly, but you may not realize that 1 in every 10 occurs in someone under age
50. Living in Charlottesville at the time of her stroke, Skylar was privileged to find,
in her hometown, one of the world's leading experts on strokes in the young. So
grateful to her UVA Stroke Care team, Skylar has even organized her own fundraiser to support research looking for genetic factors that make some people
more susceptible to stroke (see page 54).
Serena Williams bounced back from her health setbacks and is helping shed light
on the third-leading cause of vascular deaths: blood clots (known as deep vein
thrombosis, DVT) that most commonly occur in the legs and can break off, blocking blood flow to the lungs. DVT is more common in women so it's important for
all of us to know the causes and recognize the signs (see page 10).
Nothing brings life to a halt like an unexpected health issue. But you'll never
have to face any setback alone. By gathering support-from family, friends and
UVA experts-we can all be better equipped to handle whatever curveball (or ace
serve) life throws our way.
Yours in health,

Pamela Sutton-Wallace
CEO, UVA Medical Center

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