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Back behind the wheel after epilepsy diagnosis

Jake Weiss experienced what he thought were panic attack symptoms like none before: His head turned, his torso twisted abnormally, his limbs stiffened and he stopped breathing. He was having a major seizure, and his panic attacks were actually smaller seizures.

August 15, 2019

Sepsis diagnosis prompts quick action to save woman’s life

The graduation party for Susan Kohnke’s son was memorable, but not in the way she wanted. Instead of reflecting on day celebrating school successes, she remembers it being the day she developed symptoms of a severe condition that nearly claimed her life.

August 2, 2019

Kindhearted kid perseveres through multiple heart surgeries

Matthew Makela is a 3-year-old who tucks in 20 stuffed animals nightly and gives his younger sister a kiss, hug and farewell at day care drop-off. He's also a kid who had his first cardiac surgery at 7 days old.

July 29, 2019

A voice for epithelioid sarcoma: Cancer survivor shares story to help others

Nick Saleum felt a painless lump in his left forearm. One doctor misdiagnosed the lump as a gangling cyst or lipoma, but Nick noticed the lump growing and went to see another doctor. A biopsy revealed a rare, cancerous tumor: epithelioid sarcoma.

July 22, 2019

Cancer survivor advises men to get checked for testicular cancer

Steve Larson began developing symptoms of what he thought was a hernia. The pain subsided, so he didn’t immediately get it evaluated, but when the discomfort in his groin area returned, he knew it was time to see a doctor.

July 15, 2019

Small changes lead to improved health with Type 2 diabetes

Mark Kelsmit's journey toward a healthier lifestyle began when some unsettling symptoms and and a blood sugar test revealed he had Type 2 diabetes.

July 8, 2019

Joint problems erased with orthopedic surgery

After dealing with joint complications for nearly a year, Robert Bishop underwent a total right hip replacement, and the ball and socket of his femur and pelvis were replaced with prosthetic implants. He quickly began the road back to mobility. 

June 17, 2019

Woman gets answers, life back after distressing digestive issues

Lynda Rassbach no longer is missing life's important moments. Read about her journey to diagnoses of bile acid absorption and ulcerative colitis, and how answers and treatments she got restored her freedom.

May 20, 2019