Donating a Kidney to Our Family’s Former Babysitter

By Mark Neville People can donate one of their kidneys? While they’re alive? Really?  Six months ago, I didn’t know even know this option existed.  It all started with a Facebook post about our kids’ former babysitter, Tasha.  The post said Tasha was in need of a kidney from a living donor.  More specifically, she [Continue Reading]

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Going Back to College with a New Heart

By Meredith Whittemore “Ma’am, do you know why I pulled you over?” It’s the question drivers worry will soon be followed by a traffic citation. But Shelby Rab’s driver had a unique reason for speeding that gained her leniency. “She told the officer, ‘We’ve got to get to Houston to get her a new heart!’ [Continue Reading]

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Learning to Breathe Again After Life-Threatening Complications from Asthma

By Meredith Whittemore Breathing is something most people do without thinking. Not Joseph Bolin. Bolin battled asthma for years but his breathing worsened significantly after he developed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable and potentially deadly lung disease that scars the lungs. “I was at a point where it was really impacting my quality of life. [Continue Reading]

Ali Vise

Finally Breathing Easy After A Lifesaving Lung Transplant: Edna’s Story

Edna Doberson can breathe easy now. It’s one of many luxuries chronic lung disease had once stolen from her—and it’s near the top of a long list of things she is thankful for: Time with family and Elveret, her husband of more than 50 years; her daughter, Andrea; walks with friends; activities at her beloved [Continue Reading]

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Receiving the “Ultimate Gift”

For Danquein Horton, the holidays have taken on a whole new meaning this year. “I’m more excited for Christmas than ever before, I’m like a child,” Horton said. “We usually just get a tree but we’ve decorated everything this year. We’re going to celebrate. We’re going to give thanks like never before.” This year is [Continue Reading]

Tashika Varma

Think you’re safe from fatty liver disease? Think again.

An excerpt from “The Overlooked Organ” by Anissa Anderson Orr. It was the fall of 2015 when Jeff Lake had his first inkling something was wrong. The normally energetic husband and father of twin teenage girls couldn’t sleep at night. He started taking naps. And he began gaining weight, so much so that a pair [Continue Reading]

Tashika Varma