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Your top stories of 2018

From miracles to mysteries, you loved these best of the best Health Beat stories.

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‘What do you say to the person who saved your life?’

Lilly Vanden Bosch lived much of her life in a hospital after being diagnosed with a rare anemia at age 7. A donor oceans away changed her life.

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Multiple myeloma and Motown memories

After a lifetime in music and a courageous battle with cancer, Chester Lowe faced his final reprise. With the help of music therapy, he made every note count.

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Santa visits NICU babies

The littlest patients see jolly old Saint Nicholas before their first Christmas.

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‘They really bent over backwards to help me’

When wrist pain afflicted 97-year-old World War II veteran Norius Crisan, he found quick relief.

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‘They are the A team’

More than a year after suffering a concussion, Jenn Essenyi finds the right treatments—and a wellspring of determination and faith—to reclaim her life.

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Choosing joy

After a double lung transplant and battling a host of maladies, a Michigan mom has kept faith alive.

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‘I was just crushed’

Fearing an elbow injury would ice his college hockey career, Chad McDonald underwent Tommy John surgery. He has now landed a spot with the pros.

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‘I love you so much’

Jason Blakeslee almost died in a motorcycle crash. With the help of art and occupational therapy, he's regaining mobility and danced with his wife at a recent wedding.

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‘When she’s happy, I’m happy’

When a mom can’t be home for her daughter’s birthday, caregivers on the bone marrow transplant unit help them celebrate with a purple unicorn party.

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He’s ‘just doing amazing’

Under a neurologist’s watchful eye, the ketogenic diet puts food in the role of medicine for a preschooler with epilepsy.

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‘A lot of candles on our cake’

Sixteen-year-old Lizzie planned to take part in Project Night Lights—just not as a patient.