A STROKE AT TWENTY-THREE
A SURVIVOR'S STORY

It felt like any other ordinary morning. 23-year-old dental assistant Karissa Bray, who had been healthy all her life, was playing with her year-old son, Kai. There was no sign or warning that she was about to suffer a paralyzing stroke. Suddenly, Karissa was struck by a severe headache. She collapsed to the floor, unable …

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BACK IN THE GAME
A SPINE SURGERY SUCCESS STORY

Diane Mirante considers herself a lucky person – a job she loves, wonderful health and a loving, supportive family. “My everyday life is pretty ordinary,” she laughs. “I don’t consider myself special in any way, but I am also blessed in many ways.” Last year on Halloween, Mirante, 45, gave up smoking. A few days …

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BREATHING EASIER:
A CURE FOR BIRD FANCIER'S DISEASE

Shirley Minnoch recently achieved a milestone in her recovery — a walk around familiar Green Lake on a chilly, but sun-filled Sunday afternoon. “That made me feel so good,” said Minnoch, 65, a retired University of Washington Medical Center registered nurse. “It was quite an accomplishment.” Minnoch, a Richland native and world traveller, lives in …

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DOING THE HEART GOOD

Bob Knudsen, 69, has not let cardiac arrest, coronary artery disease (CAD) nor quadruple bypass stop his active lifestyle. The avid hockey and weightlifting enthusiast from Shoreline is in the gym every day at 5 a.m. for a workout. You would never know that he had suffered a cardiac arrest during a hockey match in …

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