Brandon’s Song: One Man’s Journey to Sing Again

By Jade Waddy After suffering from a ruptured aorta, a major stroke and several acute strokes that took place while in surgery, Brandon Scott Ray’s life was forever altered. He lost his ability to walk, speak and sing, a talent he loved since he was a teenager. Once discharged from a local hospital, Scott spent [Continue Reading]

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The Healing Power of Art: BJ’s Story

By Shannon Dillon Carefree, full of life and surrounded by a lot of laughter and love. That’s the childhood BJ Smith, now 28 years old, remembers.  Growing up in the Acadiana region of south Louisiana, Smith worked part time with his grandfather at the family’s furniture business. “I’m a proud Cajun,” Smith said. At an [Continue Reading]

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Neck Surgery Allows Cristina to Get Back to Life and Her Business

By Evan Koch Neck surgery? Cristina Szabo didn’t believe it. “I didn’t think I had pain in my neck at all,” Szabo said. “I use my shoulder every day. The pain there was way worse there than in my neck.” Szabo lived with constant pain in her left hand long before it affected her ability [Continue Reading]

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Sailing from Stroke to Newfound Strength

By Jade Waddy Gregg Plunkett grew up with a love of sailing. From the young age of 10, he participated in sailing activities with the Houston Yacht Club. “I’ve always felt a sense of freedom on the water,” Plunkett said. His hobbies included, but were not limited to kitesurfing, freshwater and saltwater fishing, sailing, surfing [Continue Reading]

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Brain Surgery Saves Darren and Keeps A Family Dream On Schedule

By Evan Koch Belinda Everett and her grandson, Darren Martinez, have been looking forward to August 2019 for years. That’s when Darren will finally be a student in Everett’s fourth grade math class at Benavides Elementary School in South Texas. “He began talking about it when he was in first grade,” Everett said. “Darren would [Continue Reading]

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Young Dad’s Hardest Job Ever: Coming Back from a Stroke

By Jade Waddy It was a typical evening at home for Keith Smith , who was getting his 8-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter ready for bed on a school night, when his life would change forever. On February 12, the 40-year-old father of two, had just finished playing tooth fairy for his son when he [Continue Reading]

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