Little Secrets

Posted on September 14, 2017

Stroke survivor lives to tell her story It was one of Alline Little’s little secrets: The medication she took regularly to control her atrial fibrillation and prevent strokes made her feel awful. So- she stopped it. Cold turkey. And told no one. But when her daughter, Donna, found her lying between the toilet and the […]

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Form Follows Function

Posted on May 24, 2017

On a quiet side street in Tellico Plains there is a stone cottage that is a classic craftsman’s home, likely built in the early 20th century as part of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Brenda Lee recognized the style the moment she saw it. She and her husband purchased it, and Lee now sells antiques […]

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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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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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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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Lesson for Life

Posted on February 9, 2017

Within hours after a stroke had garbled her speech and paralyzed her right hand, West View Elementary School principal Beth Blevins was making plans to turn her nightmare into a learning experience. From her hospital bed in the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Blevins was working to bring the hospital’s elementary […]

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