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Taking back her life


Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

Brandy Allen of Chatfield changed her life to recover from Crohn’s Disease. Photo submitted

Brandy Allen found out she had Crohn’s Disease in 2008, but she had been suffering long before then. She had been experiencing crippling stomach pains and had been in and out of emergency rooms and hospitals.

“It felt like somebody was stabbing me,” Brandy described.

Doctors ran multiple tests and gave her antibiotics, trying to get her to feel better. Eventually she was referred to a doctor at the Mayo Clinic who diagnosed her with Crohn’s.

Crohn’s Disease is inflammation, and affects the entire digestive system, from mouth to anus. This inflammation can cause a lot of misery, including pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and damage. It is caused when the body’s immune system fights the digestive system for some reason. Most people have problems with their intestines.

The doctor gave her medication to suppress her immune system and to try to get any bacteria under control so her body would stop fighting itself. The meds didn’t help her a lot at first.

Brandy graduated from Fillmore Central High School in 2005. While in college at the University of Minnesota, she had serious problems with acid reflux, which could have been from the Crohn’s.

“They don’t know why people get it,” said Brandy. “They know it’s heredity, but in my case there is nobody that I can trace it back to. It’s partially environmental. Also, when stress levels are higher the disease gets worse.”

After her intitial diagnosis, Brandy went on with her life, but she was still far from normal. Her pain got significantly worse, and she was put on IV’s to control it. In January of 2009, she awoke in the middle of the night and collapsed from the pain. She told her husband Andrew that she needed to go to the hospital. She was there for more than 12 hours, in and out of consciousness from the pain, before they finally admitted her. It turned out the disease had eaten through her intestines, and she would have to have surgery.

Brandy said they first thought they could do the surgery laporoscopically, but the damage was too extensive. She now has a huge scar on her abdomen from when they removed two feet of her intestine.

The ileum was removed as part of the surgery, the part between the small and large intestine that detoxifies and absorbs nutrients. Since she no longer has this part, she had to take multivitamins and change the way she ate. [Read the Rest]

Eat for Equity feast coming to Lanesboro

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

By Lori Slindee Eat for Equity, Lanesboro Local, and the Lanesboro Arts Center are coming together for a delightful evening of food and celebration. Eat for Equity is returning on Saturday, February 16 to put on a delicious dinner, locally grown an ..... 
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Radioactive gas is persistent health risk in Minnesota

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Every hour, one person in the US dies from radon-related lung cancer. It is the largest environmental cancer risk and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Fortunately, the risk is largely preventable. Fillmore County Public Health a ..... 
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Gundersen Lutheran sets up flu information line

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Given the increase in the number of people affected with the flu, Gundersen Lutheran has a set up a special hotline for information on the flu. The number for the Influenza Information Line is (608) 775-0364 or toll-free at (800) 362-9567, ext. 50 ..... 
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Spring Valley Senior Living offers free blood pressure screening

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Health & Wellness

Pictured: Spring Valley Senior Living home health nurse, Alyssa Christianson, takes Bernice Ostern’s blood pressure. Blood pressure screenings are offered free to area community members at Spring Valley Senior Living on the second Thursday of the ..... 
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Minnesota traffic deaths up in 2012

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL — For the first time in five years, the number of traffic deaths increased in Minnesota as 378 people were killed in 2012, according to preliminary reports from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. In 2011, 368 ..... 
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“Help Our Neighbors” helps senior citizens in the their homes

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

An organization called Help Our Neighbors can be the key to helping Senior Citizens stay in their homes and active in the community by providing services they need to stay independent. The services that the Help Our Neighbors organization assists wi ..... 
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Harmony Blood drive collects 40 units

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 11, 2012, succeeded in collecting 40 units of blood. There were 44 donors that presented and three first-time participants. Congratulations to these four donors who reached the following milestones: Jill ..... 
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Shape up Fillmore County

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

New owner Melinda Lutes will take over ownership of Coffee Street Fitness and Dance in Lanesboro, Minn. on January 1, 2013, just in time to help everyone in Fillmore County with their New Year’s resolutions. Melinda is very excited about her new ..... 
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