Southern Hospitality

Bill Southern was going stir-crazy. Nearly two weeks after suffering a heart attack, he was still in bed at Northwest Hospital. But he couldn’t take it any longer; he had to get outside. So he informed his nurse he intended to make a getaway. That wasn’t happening, she told him. But if he could wait …

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Breaking the Silence

Bill Kuhn can’t pinpoint the moment when the world went silent. He just knows his long career as a general contractor – and years of noise from power tools – took a toll on his hearing. Over time, the volume on the life around him gradually got turned down. Then it more or less vanished. …

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In February 2015, Margaret N. (last name omitted) had a routine mammogram at the Seattle Breast Center at Northwest Hospital. As a breast cancer survivor, mammograms made her nervous, so she asked to review the results with the radiologist. She knew it was breast cancer the moment she saw the scans. “I saw something right …

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A STROKE SUPERHERO

David King, age 62, was supposed to be enjoying his retirement. A lifelong comic book enthusiast, he had amassed a 2,000-volume collection over the past 50 years and was ready to spend his time curating it. But in September 2011, something happened to him that was as unexpected as a comic book cliffhanger. “I knew …

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