From a Dark Place
After losing his sight, an artist’s journey to reinvent his life is a lesson in overcoming obstacles
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Monica is a writer based in Detroit with experience in hard news reporting and feature-length stories. She specializes in crime and medical writing. Most recently Monica served as the Associate Editor for Hour Detroit magazine and now works on a freelance basis.

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"I've learned to let go. I'm not looking to create a masterpiece"
Blind Tattoo Artist Brendan Patrick
No Requiem
Lost in a sea of unsolved murders, the death of a beloved WSU professor 30 years ago still haunts friends and former students with the question: Why?
"After 30 years, Traci’s murder had become just another cold case among thousands of unsolved Detroit homicides."

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"There are many theories on what can trigger the disease...still, no one knows the true cause."
The Pain Points of Fibromyalgia
Physical distress is often a symptom of acute issues — not so with fibromyalgia, a mysterious condition that begins in the central nervous system.
The Stealthy Specter
Ovarian cancer is sometimes called the ‘silent killer,’ but there are general symptoms that, if prolonged, need to be heeded by women and their physicians.
"Ovarian cancer is rare, but when it comes alive in a woman’s body, it’s the master manipulator. It’s quiet and mercurial. And it knows how to hide until, in most cases, it’s too late."

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"The consequences can be horribly disfiguring, cutting to the heart of why most young women go to tanning salons — to look and feel beautiful."
Tainted
The underlying “addiction” to tanning — the need to look a certain way — is a complex, personal matter
A Mission for Medicine
For 24 Detroit-area health care providers, a trip to Kenya revealed their limitations — and renewed their calling to help others
"Africa is rising in terms of capital investment and the middle class. But in Kenya and other sub-Saharan counties, most people still live in poverty and shoulder a massive burden of diseases."

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