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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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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Jeannie Wood returns to her love of painting after surviving an unthinkable attack

By Jade Waddy Jeannie Wood vividly remembers the moment she was attacked by two family pit bulls she had previously interacted with. “I was at my son’s house picking up my granddaughter and I remember the dogs were really agitated and I thought they were going to fight each other,” Wood said. “I called my [Continue Reading]

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A Traumatic Brain Injury Stole Her Ability to Speak. Now, She’s Back to Teaching and Being a Mom to Her Three Boys

By Jade Waddy When fourth-grade math teacher Laura Chaffin and her husband, Bryan, decided to start a family, they knew they wanted to adopt. Their journey led them to Uganda, where they adopted their first son in 2014, and then, a year later, they decided to return to adopt their second son. By then, laws [Continue Reading]

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Follow-Up Friday: After surviving a gunshot wound and cancer, Jamie is motivated to continue beating the odds

By Jade Waddy Hello, my name is Jamie Richards. I’ll be 21 in October and I’ve survived death a few times. At 19, I was shot and left for dead. I was shot at my college apartment off campus in Stephenville, Texas, on December 10, 2017, by a complete stranger who went to the wrong [Continue Reading]

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Looking at the Big Picture: Hip Preservation Restores an Active Life for Working Wife and Mom

By Drew Munhausen Brittany Cariker didn’t know how to react when her doctor recommended she travel to Houston to take care of the pain in her hip. Cariker was given two options by her local orthopedic specialist: a hip replacement at an early age, or an intense hip preservation surgery that was readily available to [Continue Reading]

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