For Julie Loofbourow, a 51-year-old Enumclaw resident and local deputy sheriff, the only brief escapes from this reality were the few scalding hot showers she managed to take each day and burying herself in her work. Julie has an autoimmune disease, one that has no specific clinical name. She refers to it as the “flu …

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Early Intervention Saves A Stroke Victim

Mary Baxter was having a pretty ordinary day. She’d been on home oxygen therapy for COPD — chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — for several months’ and was waiting for the oxygen tank delivery man that August morning. She got up from the couch and headed for the bathroom’ but something went wrong. “I remember my …

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LIFE-SAVING HEART SURGERY GIVES NEW OUTLOOK, ENERGY TO BUSY MOM

To watch Stacy Lindbom striding after her dog Bella on their daily walk or lifting weights during her workout at the gym, you would never imagine that six months ago, she was undergoing cardiac bypass surgery to prevent an imminent heart attack. Lindbom, 50, is a musician’s wife and mother of two teenagers, and has …

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Kathy Jones

At war with the ‘cling-ons’

Kathy Jones was annoyed to find herself in the emergency room. Usually the picture of health, the 68-year-old went to the hospital last summer with what she thought was heat stroke. Instead, the ER decided she had the flu and told her to go see her primary care physician. She did. But Dr. Tim Burner, …

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