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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]
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Chatfield goes forward with 2013 street improvements

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers at the city council’s January 28 meeting reviewed the proposed street improvements for 2013. The project will include milling and overlaying Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Streets between Twiford Street and F ..... 
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Adourn will “funk your junk”

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

A new boutique has arrived on Main Street in Chatfield, Minn. that has many people excited to “funk their junk.” The name of the store is Adourn {furniture rehab} and is located at 218 Main Street in Chatfield. The store is filled with old furn ..... 
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Chatfield Napa store has added hardware

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

The Napa Store located at 103 1/2 Division Street NW in Chatfield, Minn. has begun selling hardware store related items along with car parts and accessories. The business began selling hardware items in November of 2011, and have made room for many ..... 
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Chatfield School Board

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

With the first Chatfield School Board Meeting of the new year, on January 22 the board started business by organizing board positions. Jerry Chase will once again be board chair, vice chair will be Kathy Schellhammer, Greg LaPlante will be the clerk ..... 
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Chatfield looks forward to 2013

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The January 14 Chatfield City Council meeting began with the administration of the oath of office for re-elected Mayor Don Hainlen and newly elected councilor Robert Pederson and re-elected councilor Dave Frank. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. ..... 
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Chatfield looks forward to 2013

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The January 14 Chatfield City Council meeting began with the administration of the oath of office for re-elected Mayor Don Hainlen and newly elected councilor Robert Pederson and re-elected councilor Dave Frank. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. ..... 
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Richard P. Tuohy

Wed, Jan 16th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Richard P. Tuohy was born Aug. 17, 1945, to Joseph F. and Teresa S. Tuohy in Chatfield. He was a graduate of Saint John's University in 1967. JD from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1970. Richard died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Rochester ..... 
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Leona Odegarden

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Leona Odegarden Leona Allene Odegarden, 89, of Chatfield, Minn. died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield where she had resided for 5 months. Leona was born Jan. 23, 1923, in rural Stewartville to Chris Groen an ..... 
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