Personal statement - appropriate to ask patient before using their story?

Hi all, I am wrapping up drafting my PS and wondering what conventional wisdom/etiquette is re: using patient stories in a PS. Is it standard to ask for permission from a patient before talking about them? Obviously I have gotten rid of any identifying information and changed some minor details to make it HIPAA compliant. Just don't know what the general expectation is.
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