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Dealing With It: Watertown Transplant Patient Says Team’s Attitude Lifted His

Rich Kunkel is going to Branson, Mo., for a celebration with friends this year. The Watertown father of four remembers when making a plan like that was impossible. Kunkel faced multiple myeloma in 2012, but completed a bone-marrow transplant in 2013 at the Avera Cancer Institute. Read More »
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Shock, Fear and Blessings: A Patient’s Story on Facing Frightening News

It happened more than 10 years ago, but Fleura Wagemann remembers every detail as if it was yesterday afternoon. She then was 25, and Wagemann, like many women that age, saw taking care of her health as a back-burner issue. She admits she had a mindset that said “it can’t happen to me.” That’s when she found a lump in her right breast during a self-exam. Read More »
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Doctor Gains Insight During His Weight-Loss Journey

My weight loss has led me to several interesting conclusions. I was taught in medical school and training that dieting could only reduce someone’s cholesterol about 15 percent. When a person’s cholesterol is over 300, 15 percent isn’t much of a change. Read More »
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Each Weight-Loss Journey is Unique: a Doctor’s Perspective

My journey regarding weight loss started about eight years ago. I had a heart attack, a bypass and I weighed 365 pounds. I felt helpless and hopeless. I couldn’t bend over to tie my shoes, and struggled to get around. It was around that time that one of my good friends badgered me into trying an Ideal Protein diet program. Read More »
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Fera’s Story: Avera eCARE provides immediate intervention after ATV turnover

On a warm June evening, a group of 4-H’ers and their parents set out from Westby, Mont., heading toward a member’s farm. One of the girls, Fera Heckman, was asked to ride on a side-by-side ATV. Her mother, Melissa, knew it was important to 10-year-old Fera to ride along with her friend and the only other girl on the trip, so she agreed, knowing that she’d be close behind in the caravan of vehicles heading to the farm. Read More »
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Special Contact Lenses Stop Dry Eye Irritation

For Terry Sohl, dry eyes wasn’t just a painful nuisance, it was ruining his life. “My eyes were so dry, it affected my vision,” remembered Sohl. “My hobbies include photography and drawing, and I couldn’t do the things I once loved. Read More »
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