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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Managing a Stroke

It wasn't the best of days for Mark Mace, of Mankato, Minnesota. One morning in 2005, he awoke to start his usual bathroom routine and on the way in fell down. Then he rose and fell a second time.
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Wolffe changing his world

Some people looking at Jerry Wolffe see a 65-year-old, wheelchair-user with cerebral palsy. I see a professional newspaper reporter, editorial writer, and columnist, civil rights activist, and family man
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Gutierrez: Music Can Help Anyone

As much as anything, love of music has helped Alex Gutierrez of Mariposa, California, get through a life of multiple disabilities. His journey began at age one when polio began affecting his legs.
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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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Mayor with ALS Gets Support

Starting about two years ago, Binka Schwan, of Carefree, Arizona, couldn't figure out what was happening physically to her now 69-year-old husband, David
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Woman has Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Over the last six years, I have corresponded with "Alicia" (not her real name), who initially read this column in a suburban Phoenix newspaper. Beginning in 1999, after some health challenges
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Trailblazer for Blind: Dr. Kenneth Jernigan

Roseville, CA- This is that column held in reserve more than a decade, the one I'd always envisioned writing but wouldn't until now.
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Stress and Seizures Affect Architect

By January 2012, I was on the verge of total hopelessness. I had nowhere to turn. I was at the absolute depths of despair and worry. My dad had just passed away, too."
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Dementia: There Is Life After Diagnosis

This wasn't how Robert Bowles of Thomaston, Georgia, wanted to spend his retirement years.
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Bert Shepard, One-Legged Pitcher

August 4 marks the 65th anniversary of a great moment in baseball history. In 1945, lefty Bert Shepard, an amputee with an artificial leg, pitched five and a third effective innings in relief for the Washington Senators