It's a moment in 2011 that Leah Herron likely won’t forget.
“I all of a sudden couldn’t swallow,” the 29-year-old Dickinson, N.D., woman recalled in 2017.
“I couldn’t even swallow my own saliva. I was at home. At the time, I was living with my parents (in Omaha). My mom took me to the emergency room. . . . ...
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Donna Hansen is on the move in retirement. Relaxing wasn’t her post-career goal.
Finishing her 39th and final year in special education, though, proved more than a small challenge for the longtime Grand Forks special educator.
NDAD helped her move quickly to meet the challenge through its Healthcare Equipment Loan Program (HELP).
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Expectant parents anxiously await the joy of their new baby coming into the world. New parents have hopes and dreams of their son or daughter living a happy, healthy life. When their baby is born with health concerns, what then? How do you move forward? Where do you turn for help?
In late 2015, the Faul family was asking ...
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Donald Shock eagerly welcomes each spring’s arrival to Dickinson, N.D. -- and for good reason.
“I don’t try to stand idle,” said Shock, 73. “I’m either going somewhere or trying to enjoy the fresh air.”
It’s a particularly great day for him when he can do both.
Shock lives with both chronic obstructive ...
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John Patterson gets around much better these days, and the Mandan, N.D., resident says that’s helped improve his overall outlook on life.
John, 54, who has cervical myelopathy resulting from a 1994 motor vehicle accident, gets around in his van much better, and gets out much more, since he was able to add a lift for his powered wheelchair ...
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Just a few weeks before Christmas 2014, Deanna Bakken had something she really wanted her mom and dad to see.
So, Kay and Garry Bakken obliged her and went to see Deanna, who has cerebral palsy, work with her new Fargo physical therapist, Kari Torgerson.
They saw far more than they had expected: Deanna stood and took a few steps— with the ...
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The doctor gave Brooke Carlson a restriction she simply had to follow: no running, walking or putting weight on her hips for one year’s time.
Hardly the type of restriction welcomed by an 8-year-old active in gymnastics since she was 2.
Still, Brooke recalls the pain she felt in the summer. Her mom, Lisa Nelson, recalls when she realized ...
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On a pleasant August day in 2012, Harold Ennis got a good, long look at the miles of northwest North Dakota countryside around Tagus, a now-unincorporated town where he spent his youth.
In this rural area between Minot and Stanley, Ennis saw the wetlands and varied waterfowl. New oil development. The crops and grain ...
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Dean Knutson performs volunteer respite care visits in East Grand Forks, Minn., on behalf of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. The Grand Forks resident likes the fit, for several reasons.
“I’ve been told I can talk,” he said, smiling. He says he’s a good listener, too – a key component of respite service.
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Surgery gave little LaShon Strickland a chance to overcome a disfiguring condition that threatened to dog him throughout his life.
In 2012, charitable nonprofit NDAD support helped ensure his mom’s on-site support during the surgery and hospital stay.
The Wahpeton, N.D., boy was born Aug. 17, 2011, with craniosynostosis, which circumvents ...
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Karen Schelinder followed a path of helping others, ever since she served as a Lutheran church parish worker in the 1960s.
When someone sought help, her philosophy had been simple.
“There’s a reason they need it,” said Schelinder, told NDAD in an early 2013 interview.
Karen died the following year at age 66.
In the ...
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Blaine Flemming likes Legos, SpongeBob SquarePants, reading, playing with friends and math -- not necessarily in that order.
The 8-year-old Minot boy likes his older sibling, too, even though the two sometimes “fight like brothers,” says Amanda Fowler, their mother.
When the boys attended the same school, Auston, who turns 12 on Feb. ...
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