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Daniel J. Vance is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor from Vernon Center, Minn. His weekly newspaper column Disabilities has been published in more than 260 newspapers. The archives date back to 2006 and many remain relevant and inspirational.

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Readers Make Connection

Five newspapers in western Ohio regularly publish this column. If giving you the real name of the newspaper and some of the people involved in today's and next week's column, I could be causing harm. So certain details have been masked.
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Dave Dravecky (Part 1)

It was one of baseball's greatest moments: San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky surviving cancer surgery in his throwing arm and only a year later in August 1989 in a miraculous comeback bid pitching seven flawless innings against the Cincinnati Reds.
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Lou Gehrig’s disease – Rich Brooks

Rich Brooks, newspaper columnist for the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, was diagnosed twelve years ago with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
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Epilepsy Doesn’t Slow Szesterniak

Fifteen years ago, then 16-year-old Jennifer Szesterniak was in the back of a van taking her and her teammates to the Wisconsin State High School Girls Tennis Tournament scheduled the next day.
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Parent Frustrated By Years of Misdiagnosis

Patricia Stroh has strong advice for parents of children with disabilities: "You know your child better than anyone. If you feel doctors are wrong
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Dick Ireland and Stroke

Radio personality Dick Ireland was a fixture on Baltimore airwaves for more than 50 years, beginning when he was a lanky teenager. For 35 of those years, he was the morning drive-time personality for either WLIF-FM or WRBS-FM.
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Artist Marian Anderson

A nationally known wildlife and western painter, Marian Anderson for years until recently displayed her oil-on-canvas creations at various art shows, often alongside the works of contemporaries Terry Redlin and Les Kouba.
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Couple Adopts Children with Disabilities

In 1989, Scott and Laura Price were looking for direction in life. As devout Christians, and while vacationing in Colorado, they began praying and sensing a strong desire to begin adopting special needs children.
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86-Year-Old Advocating for Ostomy Patients

Even after all these years, 86-year-old Ellen Boldt keeps on trucking as an advocate for Americans that have had an ostomy
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Man with Down Syndrome enjoys life

Evelyn Heckhaus of New Bern, North Carolina, and her 40-year-old son Ed talk daily. Their close relationship began 40 years ago in 1971 at Ed's birth when Evelyn encountered a situation most mothers never face