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Against The Odds: The Unbelievable Journey of Lizzie Velasquez

  Lizzie Velasquez is an amazing 23 year old woman who was taunted, teased, and bullied in school, she overcame every opposition and became a writer, a public speaker, and an inspiration to everyone she comes in contact with. She suffers from a disease so rare that it doesn’t have a name, she is one

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Aimee Mullins: A Breakthrough Story

Aimee Mullins: A Breakthrough Story Aimee Mullins initially received international attention as an athlete in media. Born without fibulae in both legs, Aimee’s medical prognosis was bleak; she would never walk and would spend the rest of her life on a wheelchair. Therefore, the doctors amputated both her legs below the knee on her first birthday.

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New Hands Give New Lease on Life

At age 24 Lindsay Ess was a bubbly, beautiful, active recent college graduate with a degree in fashion who also worked as a model. She went in for surgery to correct an intestinal blockage caused by Crohn’s Disease, developed a massive infection, and doctors were forced to remove both feet and hands to save her

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Hospital Wedding

When 19 year old Courtney Sprenkle, a patient at Penn State Hershey with AML, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, stated her biggest dream was her perfect wedding, the nurses on 7 West got together and conspired to make it happen. The November 10 wedding had a beautiful bride in a gorgeous white dress, a handsome groom, Scott

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Patch Adams

Hunter Doherty “Patch” Adams was born in the spring of 1945, in 1971 he founded the Gesundheit Institute (Gesundheit means “good health”) and changed the face of medicine forever, literally. He encourages the use of clown noses, humor, empathy, and compassion for starters. The Institute is free and open to those who need services, he

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A Short Life, Well Lived

This is a story about a girl as beautiful inside as she was outside, 21 year old Katie Kirkpatrick passed away five days after her wedding in January 2005. She married her high school sweetheart, Nick Goodwin, in a beautiful church ceremony January 15, 2005, and passed away January 20, 2005. Katie was diagnosed with

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The World’s Oldest Yogi

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the world’s oldest yogi is Ms. Tao Porchon-Lynch and at 93 she is still active and teaching yoga. After decades of dedication, Ms. Porchon Lynch is considered a yoga master by many of her peers and followers, and even with hip replacement, she practices yoga and dance often

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Unconscious Man “Talks”

Scott Routley, a 39 year old Canadian man, has been considered in a vegetative state and unable to communicate following a car crash 12 years ago. It’s the first time, ever, that a severely brain damaged patient has been able to communicate according to the BBC story 11/13/12. Neuroscientist Adrian Owen of the University of

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Dogs: A Veteran’s Best Friend

These awesome veterans have had awesome dogs to be their support person, they are now matching veterans, firefighters, EMT’s, and policemen with these dogs from shelters. Everyone needs a non-judgmental friend to listen, dogs do that. Please watch this heartwarming video:  

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How I ran a 5K with chronic illness

[By Peter Waite] I never expected to run a 5K race. In fact, I never expected to run again in my life, period. Having battled chronic illness for 17 years and suffered a serious leg injury 10 years ago, running wasn’t even on my mental radar. Over the years just walking has been difficult for

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