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The “new” Tiffany

By Margaret Shepard

Tiffany HansonWhen Tiffany Hanson joined the speech club at school, her parents said to each other, "This is not Tiffany."

The teenager didn't like to be in front of people. Then she became a cheerleader.

The reason for the change? Tiffany had a temporal lobectomy, or brain surgery, to stop seizures caused by intractable partial epilepsy. Tiffany had seizures since she was 6 months old. Initially, they were infrequent. When she turned 5, they increased. The seizures were mild but left her exhausted. She lost all recollection of anything that occurred 24 hours before and after a seizure, leaving her with few childhood memories. Read the rest of this entry »

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Coming full circle: Sharing a message of hope

By Margaret Shepard

Ardell Lien and his wifeArdell Lien had always dreamed of one day sailing around the world. But when he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, the retired military man from Caledonia, Minn., thought his sailing days were behind him.

"I was down to 150 pounds," says Ardell, "and everyone in town knew I was on my way out. I slept 18 hours a day and had to crawl up the stairs to my bedroom."

Then Ardell turned to Mayo Clinic. His doctors told Ardell that his kidneys had been damaged as a result of his heart disease. He would need a kidney transplant as well as a new heart. Read the rest of this entry »

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