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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Jim Abbott was Great One-Handed Pitcher

With baseball season upon us, I have brought back for this week only a very popular 2004 column. Here goes:
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Harvard Graduate Fights Bipolar Disorder

The world seemed to come crashing down on June 20, 1993, for then 36-year-old "Bart" of Queens, New York. Before that day, he had college degrees from Dartmouth and Harvard, and was earning $135,000 a year in business
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Steinbach Tackles Paranoid Schizophrenia

He began hearing voices in his head at age 15. It started with hearing a man and a woman. They were good voices.
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Kidney Disease Survivor Runs Nonprofit

In 1968, at age 2, Lori Hartwell's kidneys became infected. Ten years later, she had to begin regular dialysis treatments in order to live.
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Mental Illness Carries Stigma

If meeting 54-year-old Rita Dinquel in public, you likely would see her as confident, intelligent, and articulate. She would look "normal." Yet doctors over the years have diagnosed her with major depressive disorder and borderline personality disorder
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Misdiagnosed Pain

Five years ago, Carol Morehart of London, Ohio, was leading a normal life until a physical condition blindsided her. "I began living in pain around the clock and continued on that way for about two years," 50-year-old Morehart said in a telephone interview.
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Life-long Kidney Challenges

When 12 years old, Paula Hansen began having spiking fevers. After antibiotics failed to stop the severe spikes ranging as high as 105 degrees, her parents sent her to a specialist, who found protein in Paula's urine.
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Multiple Sclerosis Becomes Counselor’s Asset

During most of the '70s, Kathe Skinner, now a 65-year-old licensed marriage family therapist in Colorado Springs, Colorado, couldn't figure out what was wrong with her body.
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Blind Attorney Becomes National Advocate

Blind from birth, Chris Danielson is director of public relations for the 50,000-member National Federation of the Blind
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Roll a Mile in Their Shoes

She said she is a much better person after breaking her ankle.