| Nov 4, 2012
As Kelly Weaver walks through the halls of the Alexander Leigh Center for Autism in Crystal Lake (alexanderleighcenterforautism.com), she beams with pride.
"We started with one student in my basement back in 2007," says Weaver, the center's executive...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 3:09 PM
My grandmother, Joanne Ruth "Mimi" Mulder, was born Nov. 6, 1936, in Seattle. She spent a short while in Yakima, where her grandparents, Ruth and Wheeler Warren, ran one of the first Washington apple-packing companies.
Soon after, she moved to sunny...
| Jan 10, 2013
After the births of her first two children, Charmaine Sharkey's neighborhood hospital gave her cans of baby formula and sent her on her way.
But Sharkey tried something different when her youngest, Dynasty, was born six months ago. The 28-year-old...
| Aug 22, 2012
| 5:11 AM
Ana Belaval gets a preview of the 2012 American Craft Expo taking place this weekend in Evanston. With more than 160 vendors, the expo will raise funds to support breast and ovarian cancer research.
| May 22, 2012
| 5:31 PM
Colon cancer -- it's the disease that took the life of Robin Gibb. It is a preventable disease, yet many shy away from the screening. One local woman fighting advanced colon cancer herself has another mission -- to show you how to survive.
It was a great...
| Jun 11, 2012
| 3:02 PM
As Mike and Maura Sudik made their way through the autograph line at this year's Community Day Wednesday, an important member of their family was not with them.
"It is special for us to be here this time," said Mike Sudik. "In memory of Theresa."...
| May 30, 2012
As symptoms of menopause sneak up on her, Sue Cunningham turns to her older sister for advice on what to expect next. "Now, it's night sweats at 3:15 a.m. Exactly. Every night," said the 45-year-old Pilates instructor from Chicago.
Like many women,...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 2:11 PM
In life, you never know what the next moment might bring.
One moment you're a 14-year-old boogie-boarding at Daytona Beach and tubing on Lake Ivanhoe, and the next you're staring at an X-ray of a grapefruit-sized bomb in your youthful chest.
| Mar 11, 2013
| 11:18 AM
Carol Anne Wiebel, 56, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at home. She fought her illness bravely and with determination for 10 1/2 years.
Carol was most proud of her family and raising her two boys. Everyone who met Carol was impacted by...
| Feb 19, 2013
Anyone who has felt a connection with a pet understands why Bernadette Slesinski-Evans needed her faithful dachshund with her in the hospital.
But for seriously ill patients such as Slesinski-Evans, a request to spend a few precious hours with a beloved...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 8:11 AM
This month you will likely see a lot of pink ribbons in celebration of breast cancer awareness month. Those ribbons are more than just decorations. Behind each one is a woman who has had to face the frightening diagnosis of breast cancer… and the...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 7:50 AM
Dear Pharmacist: My hero is Ray Lewis of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, and I heard he took Deer Antler Velvet to recover from his muscle injuries faster. Do you recommend this? — D.D., Baltimore, Md.
Dear D.D.: I've never recommended...