UW Medicine Patient Elsa Oliva

​A STRONG WOMAN.
A WEAKENED HEART.
A BOLD PLAN.

I don’t know how it is for most heart attack victims, but for me it wasn’t nearly as stressful as I’d have expected. I guess part of it is my nature: I try to be pretty levelheaded about things. Don’t get too excited or worked up.

But I have to give credit to the people helping me at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, too. They were all so professional and such great communicators, it really made the experience … well, I can’t say pleasant. But it could have been worse. A lot worse.

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A CANCELED SHOW.
A DEADLY VIRUS.
A SECOND CHANCE.

They gave me a 10–15 percent chance of survival. I’m convinced there are two main reasons I’m alive today: – the amazing people who were all around me – this crazy high-tech bed Sorry, I should back up. I’m a musician. I’m in this band called Eclectic Approach, and after a lot of work and …

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BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS

As an avid golfer and former professional skier, Douglas Sherman, 48, leads a very active life. In addition to his favorite sports, the Snohomish resident works at the Washington Athletic Club. “I fix everything in the building,” he says. “I do a lot of heavy lifting. I’m always turning wrenches and lifting ladders.” One day, …

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REBUILDING: A LIFE WITH MS

Andrew Wolfe, age 43, has been a carpenter for 20 years. He’s worked on roofs, foundations and everything in between. “With my construction skills, I could build anything,” he says. Given his profession, Wolfe is no stranger to aches and pains. For years, he had a persistent pain in his lower right abdomen. He assumed …

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