Although he’d had heart bypass surgery in the 1980s, Donald Carlson of Port Orchard didn’t recognize the symptoms of returning cardiac problems at first. “In the fall of 2007, I was feeling a little pressure in my chest,” Don recalls. “Then I had to cut my daily walks down from three miles a day to …

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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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