The best way to face life knowing a lung transplant is looming in your future is to stay in the moment. Betsy Powell backs that advice with first-hand experience.
An afternoon with Baldwin Intermediate School resource officer Bill Calkins is unpredictable, interesting and slightly chaotic. When there isn't a crisis, his pace slows and he greets students - they all know him as "Officer C" - as he makes his way through the halls in full uniform.
A familiar face for anyone who attended Madison School over the past two decades, crossing guard George Caspermeyer is hanging up his stop sign at the end of the school year.
Kicked back and sipping an iced coffee outside Java Jive on a quiet Monday afternoon, a half-dozen or so passersby greeted Mike Marx over the course of an hour and a half. He jokingly referred to himself as a local celebrity.
The year Joyce Job's husband, Homer died, the woman two doors down, Sharon Zehnle, became a widow as well. They had always been neighborly. Out of the common bond of loneliness, Job began inviting Zehnle to dinner, and the two forged an extremely close friendship.
Jenny Peebles has a knack for seeing the silver lining in the darkest periods of her life. It was a series of coincidences involving her daughter, Jade, that tested Peebles' endurance.
Ann O'Sullivan traces her almost half-century career that has combined a passion for nursing and a love of teaching to a summer job she got by chance.
QUINCY -- Music led Mary Ellen Stiegemeier back to the church and helped her find herself after 30 years away. A native Iowan, Stiegemeier went to Parsons College, a small Presbyterian school in Fairfield, Iowa, in the 1960s, receiving her bachelor's degre
Rich Bliven has endured immeasurable heartache over the past few decades watching his wife slowly fade away before his eyes. But if he had to do it over, he says he would choose the same life. Bliven's wife, Jennifer, has Huntington's disease. Both of their sons also have been diagnosed with the disease, a fatal degenerative condition that breaks down nerve cells in the brain.
To save herself, Cathy Hayden first had to forgive her foster mother. Waitressing and working in a factory, Hayden was struggling to cope with life on her own, with the turbulence of her past - growing up in an orphanage and then the foster system.