My twin died by suicide. I’ve been too ashamed to talk about it – until now.

I haven’t been able to talk about my brother because of my guilt and shame in not being able to help him. But I want to find ways to help others. I don’t talk about Steve anymore. He’s become my secret. The one I’m too ashamed to share. Steve and I were uncommonly close, that…

Overland Park man encourages community to donate kidneys

Joey Sughroue has Alports Syndrome, a rare disease damaging his kidneys. He asked all of his friends and relatives for a living donation. They have not found a match. OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Joey and Audrey Sughroue enjoyed their wedding day this past summer surrounded by friends and family in downtown Kansas City. The couple met just…

Red Cross volunteer returns home to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief

Dianna Trush returns to the island she calls her “homeland.” MILWAUKEE — Dianna Trush said when she was a child in New York, American Red Cross volunteers helped her family back on their feet after their apartment building caught fire. More than half a century later, Trush called it an honor to represent the Red…

Butte cheerleader with disability shows greater ability

Along with cheer on her high school sports programs, Hanna was recently voted by her classmates to be on the school’s homecoming court. BUTTE — Medical journals may list Down syndrome as a disability, but for those that know Hanna, a very special Butte cheerleader, they’d say it’s a gift. “It’s not a disability, it’s…

Mental health court graduation offers Flint man second chance

FLINT, MI – Flint resident Aaron Richards expected to come to court Wednesday afternoon to hear the announcement of his mental health court graduation. What the 30-year-old did not expect to happen was Probate Judge Jennie Barkey to announce the clearance of his felony record. Richards, who pleaded guilty in July 2021 to one count…

Warner Robins man encourages men to get screened for prostate cancer

Marc Bloechlinger was diagnosed with prostate cancer in May 2018. He’s been in remission for almost two years MACON, Ga. — Both his uncle and grandfather had prostate cancer. While they both passed from the disease, Marc Bloechlinger from Warner Robins wants other men to take their health seriously. According to the American Cancer Society, 1…

Rosie O’Donnell pens emotional essay about 9-year-old daughter…

“I am learning to have compassion much deeper than I ever did,” the former “The View” co-host wrote. “To really listen and communicate in a way I never had to.” Rosie O’Donnell called her daughter Dakota’s autism a “gift” in an emotional new essay. The former “The View” co-host wrote via People Wednesday that parenting the 9-year-old…