The 90th Birthday That Almost Wasn’t

By Meredith Whittemore Virgie Davis smiled as her family presented her 90th birthday cake – a vanilla cake with purple roses, her favorite color and her favorite flower. It was an especially poignant celebration because just a few months ago, her family worried the family matriarch might not make her milestone birthday. “It started off [Continue Reading]

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Finding a “New Normal” After A Widowmaker

By Meredith Whittemore Maria Adames will never remember a two-and-a-half-week period in the summer of 2018, but it’s a time her family will never forget. “I’d been feeling tired and then I was sick for several days before my husband took me to the emergency room at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. I remember some [Continue Reading]

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The Vision Problem that Put a Stop to a Stroke in the Making

By Meredith Whittemore It was the diagnosis Jackie Purswell didn’t see coming- a severely blocked carotid artery that put him at a high risk for stroke. What was most surprising to Purswell was that he originally went to the doctor for a vision issue. “I had been having trouble with my vision and had fallen [Continue Reading]

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Carving Out a New Future After Heart Surgery

By Meredith Whittemore Woodworking is in Vinny Barone’s blood. Both his father and grandfather were carpenters, and from an early age, he learned how to transform a tree stump into a beautiful piece of art. “I started working with my father at 6 years old and over time my hobby has evolved into something artistic,” [Continue Reading]

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Quieting a Cardiac Storm: One Man’s Recovery After a Massive Heart Attack

By Meredith Whittemore Supercharged bolts of lightning carrying one billion joules of energy that light up the night sky, leaving behind an eerie silence, followed by a clap of thunder louder than a jackhammer. That’s one way to describe the power of a thunderstorm. That’s the battle Oscar Botello’s heart fought to win during a massive [Continue Reading]

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Heart to Heart: A Grandma’s Journey Back to Health to Care for Sick Grandson

By Meredith Whittemore  For the last year and a half, Pamela Dillard has been focused on one thing: taking care of her grandson, who was born with a serious heart defect. “When Foster was born, we knew he’d need several surgeries, but some of them would have to wait until he got a little [Continue Reading]

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