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Your Story: Driver Doug takes the wheel, improving health and encouraging others to do the same

Doug has been comfortable behind the wheel of a bus since age 18. But he didn’t get in the driver’s seat of his own health journey until 2018.   “There was a season in my life where a conversation about health wouldn’t have made any sense,” said Doug. “I referred to myself as a ‘seafood lover’ – I’d see food, and I’d

By |2021-07-21T16:22:15-05:00July 19th, 2021|Categories: Topics, Your Story|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Your Story: Driver Doug takes the wheel, improving health and encouraging others to do the same

Your Story: Two-time breast cancer survivor, “thriver,” continues criminal justice career

Brenda Smith was the first Black female police officer in the state of Nebraska. Following a 25-year career with the Omaha Police Department, she retired as assistant police chief and started teaching criminal justice at Metropolitan Community College (MCC). A loving mother, grandmother and daughter, she also helped care for her ailing mom and dad for many years before they both passed away in

By |2021-07-06T09:08:00-05:00July 6th, 2021|Categories: Topics, Your Story|Comments Off on Your Story: Two-time breast cancer survivor, “thriver,” continues criminal justice career

Your Story: A fight for life, to be a teacher

Forty-five years ago, Barbara Saathoff wasn’t sure she would be able to walk again or see her children grow up – much less get her degree in education. Now, she's celebrating 29 years as a high school science teacher. Saathoff’s story took a dark turn in 1975. She was in her early 20s –

By |2021-06-14T15:25:02-05:00June 8th, 2021|Categories: Topics, Your Story|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Your Story: A fight for life, to be a teacher

Your Story: Dorothy has a new lease on life with access to care for her chronic illness

Dorothy has always been an athlete. Growing up in Omaha as one of 10 children, she worked hard to make her unique mark playing volleyball at Omaha North High School and went on to earn a full-ride scholarship to Grambling State University in Louisiana. As a collegiate athlete and three-year team captain, she learned much about resilience, human behavior and inclusion, both on and off the court.  “I wouldn’t be who I am today or where I

By |2021-05-10T08:43:35-05:00May 10th, 2021|Categories: Topics, Your Story|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Your Story: Dorothy has a new lease on life with access to care for her chronic illness

Your Story: Aileen and Thomas share 30 years of coverage

For more than 30 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) has been a part of Omaha couple Aileen and Thomas’ health journey. “Whenever we have required medical treatment, from childbirth to routine medical exams, providers recognize the Blue Cross Blue Shield brand,

By |2021-04-19T14:05:10-05:00April 19th, 2021|Categories: Your Story|Comments Off on Your Story: Aileen and Thomas share 30 years of coverage

Your Story: Jake’s play-by-play on living with celiac disease

Warm, salty, soft pretzels and well-dressed hot dogs slathered with all the fixings are ballpark snack staples, but for some, like Jake, having a treat while at a game isn’t as simple as ordering what looks best on the menu. At 14 years old, Jake was diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune condition that

By |2021-04-12T11:22:43-05:00April 1st, 2021|Categories: Topics, Your Story|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Your Story: Jake’s play-by-play on living with celiac disease

Your Story: Joanna cares for patients and creates life during pandemic

Joanna is the nursing director of the intensive and progressive care units (ICU/PCU) at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings – one of the areas in Nebraska hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. She and her team of nurses saw an influx of patients and deaths in 2020.  “We wanted to take care of these patients,” Joanna said. “That’s why we are nurses because

By |2021-04-12T10:47:51-05:00March 25th, 2021|Categories: Topics, Your Story|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Your Story: Joanna cares for patients and creates life during pandemic

Your Story: Climbing a fourteener in retirement

My wife and I began our retirement adventures in 2020. It was obviously an unusual year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We really focused on walking and hiking regardless of the temperature. During some time in Colorado, we started doing more aggressive mountain hikes leading ultimately to climbing our first fourteener! We climbed Mt.

By |2021-03-26T13:02:10-05:00March 18th, 2021|Categories: Stories, Your Story|Comments Off on Your Story: Climbing a fourteener in retirement

Your Story: Triple the twirls with Sharlet, Sydnea and Savana

Every pregnancy is full of surprises, but Amber’s was especially remarkable. The likelihood of identical triplets like Sharlet, Sydnea and Savana being conceived spontaneously (without medical assistance) may well be one in a million. Amber hadn’t been trying to get pregnant, so learning she’d be having multiple babies at her first ultrasound – first

By |2021-03-01T10:27:32-06:00March 1st, 2021|Categories: Topics, Your Story|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Your Story: Triple the twirls with Sharlet, Sydnea and Savana

Your Story: Grant lifts with heart

When Grant was just 3 years old, his doctors discovered a murmur that required open heart surgery. “Even if they consider it a small surgery, it’s still very scary, as a parent, to know that your baby is going to be opened up on the table to do something like that to his heart,”

By |2021-02-11T17:12:18-06:00February 11th, 2021|Categories: Topics, Your Story|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Your Story: Grant lifts with heart