Disabilities

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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Multiple Sclerosis

Forty-year-old Tom Stewart and his little dog had quite a scare recently.
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Ed Madara, American Self-Help Group Clearing House

In 1971, a New York City native, Army Lieutenant Ed Madara, was stationed at an ammunition depot in the Vietnamese Central Highlands, in Phu Tai.
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Too disabled to fly on US Airways

You may have heard about Michigan resident Johnnie Tuitel being removed from a September US Airways flight after the airline declared he was "too disabled to fly." This bizarre story appeared on Fox, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and hundreds of local radio and television newscasts
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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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Migraine Headaches

Migraines are "a very painful type of headache" that can cause throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head, sensitivity to light and sound, and nausea and vomiting, reports a National Institutes of Health website. They affect women more than men.
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Fibromyalgia

A Mayo Clinic website defines fibromyalgia as a chronic condition "characterized by widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points--places on your body where
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Faith Plays Big Role with Mom

Every now and then, a person featured here attributes faith as pivotal in their being able to cope with disability-one in themselves or family members.
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Newspaper Editor has Asperger’s Syndrome

Cynthia Parkhill works as an editor of the Lake County (Calif.) Record Bee, which publishes this column, and also blogs about Asperger's syndrome and disability in general. Parkhill has Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism.
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Managing Parkinson’s Disease

Ruth Hess lives in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, not far from the Walton Sun, which publishes this column. In 1996, a doctor diagnosed her 74-year-old husband Gerald, who had served in the Air Force as a chief master sergeant, with Parkinson's disease
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Nugent Helped Change a Nation

For more than 60 years, 88-year-old Tim Nugent of Champaign, Illinois, has been by far the nation's most effective advocate in terms of creating educational and vocational opportunities for people with disabilities