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One Day At A Time

Dan Wright sat back one spring evening and got out his phone to call one of his longtime friends. But this call was not to reconnect or to set up a time to visit, this call was to ask for support. Dan was going to ask for help on his journey to quit smoking.

Lessons of the Heart

When Amy Begemann was promoted to service line director for Boone Hospital Center’s cardiology and cardiovascular and thoracic surgery department in February 2016, she knew she would work with an amazing team of health care professionals, nurses and physicians. What Amy didn’t know is how closely she’d get to see them care for a patient.

ECLS Saves Man Suffering From A Blood Clot In The Heart
“If that machine wasn’t here, I probably wouldn’t be alive!” says Donald Becker when asked about his recent recovery from a blood clot in the heart vessel.
Heart Disease In Women
In the movies, men get heart attacks, women get their hearts broken. But reality is harsher — according to the American Heart Association, 1 in 3 women in the United States die of cardiovascular disease and stroke each year. (By comparison, 1 in 31 American women die annually of breast cancer.)
Flashback

Last May, Teresa Wren’s life nearly ended in three brief flashes.

First, she remembers waking up in the middle of the night. She felt hot. So she stood up, turned down the air conditioner in her Columbia home and went back to bed.

In the next scene, it was morning. Her husband, Charles, was standing at the bedroom door. “Are you going to get up?” he asked. Teresa didn’t respond.

Her final vision was her daughter, Lexi, standing over her — just for a moment. Then black.

Quick Action

 It was just your average Sunday. Glen Frerichs went up front and gave the announcements at his church, Trinity Lutheran, where he serves as an elder. He then went back to his seat and sat next to his wife, Kathy. The first hymn began to play and the church erupted into song. 

For the last verse of the hymn, the congregation rose from their seats, but when Glen got up, he knew something wasn’t right. A wave of dizziness hit him — and that’s the last Glen remembers of that morning until he awoke in the emergency room. 

Touching Hearts Close To Home
The second you meet 6-year-old Olive Werth, you can’t help but smile. This little girl will look you right in the eye, give you a toothy grin, and then giggle with delight at meeting a new friend. But this energetic first grader wasn’t always so lively. Her mother, Katie, describes her as “quiet and serene” during her first few months of life.
A Lifetime Of Care

Harold Price was born with a coarctation — a narrowing of the aorta that prevents the main blood vessel from carrying oxygenated blood from the heart to the body. This complication ended up being just one of many health difficulties has Harold has faced throughout his 69-year life.

Hope & Encouragement
As 84-year-old Joan Camp laid in her hospital bed waiting to become the first patient in mid-Missouri to receive a CardioMEMS device, it wasn’t fear or anxiety she was feeling; it was hope and encouragement. 
Partners In Health: Charlie and Kathy Digges
Most 96-years-olds aren’t taking float trips and golfing on a regular basis, but Charlie Digges isn’t your average 96-year-old. Charlie and his wife, Kathy, work out every day they can, either at their local gym or by taking walks near their home.
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