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‘Be careful not to startle him with sudden sounds.’ ‘A loud sound could kill our boy?!’ We were terrified.’: Baby boy with extremely rare LQT Syndrome, Microcephaly, Deafness defies all odds

“While rocking Azariah to sleep for his nap, he went stiff in my arms. I turned the light on and things changed drastically. He started to convulse and foam at the mouth. I ran downstairs and called 911. Two minutes went by and he was turning blue. I lay him down and gave him 3 breaths. ‘How in the world did this happen to OUR son, why OUR son?’ No one else in the world was known to have the same genetic deletions.”

‘I began violently shaking. Through my locked jaw, I muttered, ‘I’m addicted to heroin.’ My family had no idea.’: Woman overcomes addiction, ‘I am so thankful for this new life’

“I was living two separate lives. ‘Just this one time,’ I told myself as I inhaled my first line of cocaine one month after my best friend’s funeral. I would wake up, do a line. Go to class, do a line in the bathroom. Go home, do a line. Then came the needle. I felt the warm release of the heroin shooting through my veins. My stepdad found me. I couldn’t move, my body instantly got cold. ‘Oh, sweetheart. You don’t look like an addict.’ I lay there for what felt like forever, fading in and out of consciousness.”

‘It was so big. I had a 3-pound tumor removed. Naively I said, ‘It won’t be cancer, I’m totally healthy and young.’: Woman admits some days ‘really suck’ but she knows cancer will be her ‘greatest blessing’

“I was standing in front of the mirror with tears streaming down my face because I couldn’t wear any of my pants. I had gained quite a bit of weight, but more than that, I had a big lump on my left leg sticking out a good 5 inches. In that moment I knew this lump wasn’t going away. I kept putting it on the back burner because honestly… The sad, bitter truth is I didn’t (and don’t) have health insurance.”

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