Dave Kneib has spent his entire adult life helping others—first in the Air Force and then in law enforcement for more than 30 years. But when he developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), his life changed drastically. COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is a progressive disease that damages the lungs and makes breathing
On March 6, 2015, artist Lenard Hinds turned 64. He expected to spend the day at the Missouri History Museum, which was featuring some of his paintings in a special exhibit. Instead, he got a new liver.
“What a birthday present! It was just wonderful,” Hinds says.
Hinds’ liver problems began with hepatitis C, a
After living with type 1 diabetes for more than three decades, Mark Mastroianni knew the ins and outs of life with a chronic disease. But he still wasn’t prepared for the news his nephrologist gave him in early 2015.
“He told me I had about 17 percent of my kidney function. It was a pretty
In the last six years, James Homire’s heart has caused a lot of health problems.
Beginning in 2010, Homire, 86 and a retired attorney from Eureka, Missouri, has been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation and aortic valve stenosis; he also has an abdominal aortic aneurysm. All of these conditions can be life threatening,
John Hamblin began running in half marathons—the majority of them in the St. Louis area—when he was in his mid-40s. Then he discovered 50-in-50 clubs, members of which set the goal of running half or full marathons in all 50 states. Hamblin was inspired, and between 2009 and 2015, he ran half marathons in 15
Grant Capel has spent most of his life in excellent health. But in late 2011, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer.
“I had never taken a sick day in my life until I was diagnosed with cancer,” says Capel, who works as a paramedic and firefighter in rural Union County, Illinois. “I wasn’t used to
With all of the parties and treats brought into work, it’s no wonder people have a tendency to gain weight and be thrown off from their regular diet this time of year. Eating healthily around the holidays can be very difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. This holiday-inspired cookbook provides great recipes that are
Charles “Chuck” Scholz, 62, of Quincy, Illinois, has always been an active member of his community and served as the town’s mayor for three terms, from 1993 to 2005. After receiving a liver transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in early 2015, his community involvement has focused on a specific cause: spreading the word about the lifesaving
Nick Elizondo was born with heterotaxy syndrome, a disorder that results in certain organs forming on the opposite side of the body. “My liver was on my left side and disconnected, so surgeons had to reconnect it when I was 9 years old,” Elizondo says. “It was always assumed that at some point I would need
When Deborah Hart’s doctor told her she needed heart surgery, she initially found it difficult to believe. Hart, 58, is an active and otherwise healthy person, who had never been diagnosed with a serious illness. “I don’t drink alcohol or smoke. I eat healthy foods. I’ve always exercised regularly. Heart disease was the furthest thing