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Patient Stories

Saving Ahriana After Near-Tragic Accident
Jun 8, 2016

Saving Ahriana After Near-Tragic Accident

"Don't think it won't happen to you," says Ahriana's mom, Cassie Sonnentag. Ahriana sustained serious injuries when a TV fell on her in a terrible accident. See how her family's quick action and care from the Level I Pediatric Trauma Center saved her life.
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Gillette Family Makes “Field of Dreams” a Reality
May 26, 2016

Gillette Family Makes “Field of Dreams” a Reality

The Feyereisen family built a sandlot field in their backyard to inspire inclusiveness and teach kindness among their triplet sons, who have varying degrees of disabilities, and their friends. It's come to resemble a real-life "Field of Dreams."
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“My Body was Haunted” – Ali’s Recovery from Chronic Pain
May 17, 2016

“My Body was Haunted” – Ali’s Recovery from Chronic Pain

Even after an injury heals, sometimes an imprint of it can remain. How this happens varies from person to person. But for some individuals, like Ali Tokkesdal, it manifests in the form of chronic pain. “I couldn’t walk. It felt like my body had turned against me, like it was haunted,” says Ali.
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Maddy’s Life Without Barriers
Apr 26, 2016

Maddy’s Life Without Barriers

Maddy’s mom describes her as “a warrior” — and rightly so. Maddy has spina bifida. But she also has much more: extraordinary compassion, a keen sense of humor, and a vibrant personality. Meet Maddy and learn why she’s excited to represent Gillette during the Walk & Roll 3K on June 18, 2016.
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Hunter Overcomes Bullying with a Little Help from His Friends
Apr 15, 2016

Hunter Overcomes Bullying with a Little Help from His Friends

When Stacy Soman’s son Hunter started being bullied consistently last year, this question came up more and more. “When your kid starts coming home with bruises, it’s hard not to say: ‘You know what, maybe you should hit back, and they’ll leave you alone.’ Many children would take that advice, but not Hunter."
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Family Makes 700-Mile Journey to Treat Daughter’s Cerebral Palsy
Mar 29, 2016

Family Makes 700-Mile Journey to Treat Daughter’s Cerebral Palsy

"Every step Sophia takes is a testament to the countless dedicated individuals who made it possible," says her mother, Susan Slinkard. Last summer, Sophia and her family traveled from Arkansas to Minnesota for major neurosurgery aimed at reducing Sophia's spasticity.
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A Day in the Life: Raising a Child Who Has Special Needs
Mar 17, 2016

A Day in the Life: Raising a Child Who Has Special Needs

Aimee Blanchette, a features writer for the Star Tribune, is mom to a 5-year-old who has cerebral palsy. She recently wrote a column in the newspaper about teaching her daughter, Lila, how to skate. It inspired us to ask her to author a post for Kids Health Matters detailing what a day is like raising a child who has special needs.
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International Cerebral Palsy Patient Finds Help at Gillette
Mar 3, 2016

International Cerebral Palsy Patient Finds Help at Gillette

A Venezuelan mother's prayers are answered as her daughter receives treatment for cerebral palsy at Gillette. “No word is good enough to express our gratitude for helping our daughter have a better quality of life and to overcome the challenges she’s had since birth,” she writes.
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Twitter Chat Offers Insight Into Rare Diseases
Mar 3, 2016

Twitter Chat Offers Insight Into Rare Diseases

Gillette participated in a Twitter chat hosted by ABC's Dr. Richard Besser on rare diseases as part of Rare Diseases Day. Gillette was one of the top chat influencers.
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Gillette Patient Takes Stand Against College Bullying
Feb 24, 2016

Gillette Patient Takes Stand Against College Bullying

A longtime Gillette patient takes a stand against college bullying after using adaptive equipment on campus. She used social media to respond.
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Adaptive Skis Allow Patients to Soar Down Slopes
Feb 22, 2016

Adaptive Skis Allow Patients to Soar Down Slopes

Gillette hosted its 7th Annual Adaptive Ski Day for its patients and their families. Event organizers said the event was a success with dozens of patients and their families participating.
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