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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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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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Dots and dashes changed Zachary Barnum’s life

This 17-year-old resident of Fredericksburg, Virginia, who is legally blind in one eye due to optic nerve hypoplasia and has a form of bipolar disorder (ATOU Cares.org)
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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

A National Institutes of Health website reports that muscular dystrophy isn't one disease, but a “group of 30 genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement.”
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Mental Illness: Woman Facing Many Fears

Not long ago, I received an email from a woman from Indiana wanting to share her story. She was diagnosed with a severe mental illness more than three decades ago
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National Guard Training Mission Went Awry

On the evening of November 23, 1999, Sgt. William Sturges of Ronkonkoma, New York, was in an airplane on a training mission for the New York Army National Guard. An unanticipated fog suddenly rolled in off the Atlantic Ocean.
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Woman Taunted as a Teenager

My featured person this week agreed to be interviewed only under condition of anonymity. Janet" was born with
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New Year’s Resolution

On this January 3, I'm shaking and shivering in 30 degrees below zero cold in Minnesota. For this native Ohioan and transplanted Marylander, Minnesota weather the last fourteen years has been challenging. Perhaps writing another column will warm me up.
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Basketball Coaching Legend Don Meyer

On September 5, 2008, Don Meyer, the men's basketball coach at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, was heading up a convoy of six cars toward a team preseason retreat. Apparently falling asleep at the wheel, Meyer drifted
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Learning about lupus

"Sharon" is from Spring Hill, Florida, reads this column in the daily Hernando Today, and prefers not using her real name. Not long ago, a medical doctor diagnosed her with lupus.
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Radiation Exposure Could Have Caused Parkinson’s

In the late 1970s at a Nevada air force base, a technician accidentally exposed airman Dan Hott to a great deal of radiation, perhaps the greatest amount ever any American has received.