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Hitting the trail:Weeks after strokes incapacitate him, Michael Kress takes to the trail for rehab
Tuesday, January 30 2018, 15:23


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Sparta attorney Michael Kress uses trekking poles for balance as he embarks on a hike just weeks after suffering from six strokes that left him unable to stand or use much of his left side.

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Awakening: Livingston’s Danny Smith still works out three times a week, 17 years after heart attack
Tuesday, January 30 2018, 15:20


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Livingston’s Danny Smith walks on a treadmill at CRMC’s Cardiac Rehab Center in Cookeville Friday, Jan. 19. He returns to the center three times a week to work out.

By Lyndon Johnson, OCN Staff

Danny Smith, 74, of Livingston, described it as a wake-up call: A few times in the summer of 2000, he fainted, albeit briefly, while working in his yard. He later found out that happened because he had a heart attack.

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Hope helps: Dianne Ledbetter fights cancer and comes out on top after 20 years
Tuesday, January 30 2018, 15:18


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By Lyndon Johnson, OCN Staff

“Without survivors, there is no hope.”

Those words from Livingston’s Dianne Ledbetter are powerful and true. She should know, because she is a survivor herself.

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A typical toddler emerges after atypical diagnosis Azurelin Cagle survives two strokes while fighting rare moyamoya disease
Tuesday, January 30 2018, 15:12


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Azurelin Cagle, now nearing her fourth birthday, is very much the bundle of energy you’d expect of a normal toddler – despite having survived two strokes and two brain surgeries due to a rare condition called moyamoya.

By Lyndon Johnson, OCN Staff

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A tribute to stubborn survivors everywhere
Tuesday, January 30 2018, 15:08

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Robert Hester poses with his wife Angie in 2014. Though he had experienced some symptoms of MS in the years leading up to this photo, he would not slow down long enough to get diagnosed until 2017.

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