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Feeling the breeze again and flying free, after years battling multiple sclerosis

By Jade Waddy Kathleen Evans vividly remembers feeling the Houston breeze on her cheek, hearing the birds chirping and people laughing, while at TIRR Memorial Hermann. It’s a moment the 61-year-old doesn’t take for granted. In 1979, at 21 years old, Evans was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic, often disabling, neurological disorder affecting [Continue Reading]

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Early Intervention: How Memorial Hermann is Putting Mental Health Top of Mind

By Shannon Dillon Forty-seven million. That’s the number of U.S. adults who experienced a mental illness in 2018, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. While depression and anxiety disorders are among the most common conditions experienced, schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorder, personality disorders, trauma and eating disorders can also interfere with daily activities and [Continue Reading]

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He Sees No Barriers: A Houston Man Loses His Sight But Not His Sense of Adventure

By Alyson Ward Michael McCulloch has always been an adventurer. As a boy, he rode his bike fast and flew off steep ramps; he jumped off the roof using a sheet as a parachute. But he most liked to climb to the top of a cottonwood tree his dad had planted in the yard. When [Continue Reading]

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Teen Athlete Born with Spina Bifida Represents Team USA in Wheelchair Racing

By Jade Waddy When you see Jacob Allen, 18, racing around the track you would never know he’s only been competing for three years. The Ukraine-born athlete was born with spina bifida, a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly. But that hasn’t stopped Allen from displaying tremendous athleticism [Continue Reading]

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Follow-Up Friday: Preparing For a Marathon after Losing 215 Pounds

By Drew Munhausen A challenge to eat 18 hot dogs in one sitting at a Houston Astros game eventually led Amer Ismail to completely change his lifestyle. Healthy eating and a more active exercise routine led Ismail to lose more than 215 pounds. Ismail always dreamed of living an active lifestyle. According to Ismail, he [Continue Reading]

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