Driven to Succeed

Posted on May 17, 2017

It was the first day of September and Jim Cogdill was on his way to work at the car dealership that he has operated on Kingston Pike for 41 years. He had decided to stop for breakfast on the way when suddenly, double vision hit. Then his arm and leg went numb. Cogdill picked up […]

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FAST Talk

Posted on May 3, 2017

Stroke commercial reminds man to act quickly Lying on the kitchen floor with coffee grounds strewn all about, Paul Schaab knew he needed to act fast. Fast because he couldn’t talk. Fast because his right arm was paralyzed. And fast because his situation reminded him of the FAST (Face, Arm, Speech, Time) stroke awareness campaign […]

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Hip to Pain…

Posted on April 27, 2017

Teacher’s diary shows pain-free days were few Andrea Anderson was hurting – she just didn’t know how much. But when orthopedic surgeon Paul Yau, MD, urged her to track her hip pain after a cortisone shot, she installed a diary application on her smartphone and began making almost daily notes. “When I look back, I […]

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Subtle Signs

Posted on April 20, 2017

     There was nothing unusual about that Wednesday in March. It was a typical workday for Karen Russell. There was no indication that anything extraordinary was about to happen, and certainly no indication that she was about to have a stroke.      Russell, 62, processes data at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, with the […]

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The Woman in the Mirror

Posted on March 29, 2017

Tiara-Lady Wilson is an energetic woman with an infectious laugh and a positive attitude. It’s the same attitude that has helped her succeed in life, even winning the title of Miss Tennessee State University in 1998.      It’s also the attitude that has sustained her through years of medical problems that caused her to gain 100 pounds. […]

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Cancer Can’t Choose

Posted on February 15, 2017

You hardly ever see her cry, but Carolyn Guffey wipes away tears as she sits at a picnic table in the park thinking about the sadness of the past, and the bright promise of the future. It’s a chilly day with a bright blue sky, and she joyfully savors every second of it. “I’m looking […]

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