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Cautionary tale becomes success story –

By Susan Christensen
Health and Research News Service

As he sat slumped on his living room floor, unable to walk or speak clearly, Jeff Newman knew it was time for a turnaround. A stroke had paralyzed his right side, and the father of three realized his unhealthy habits were to blame.

“I had been over 300 pounds for probably 10 years, and I had tried to lose weight before,” said the 49-year-old owner of Newman’s Pawn Shop in Hazlehurst. “But I wasn’t dedicated. I finally said: ‘I’ll just die happy.’

“But when my stroke happened, I said: ‘Lord, if you’ll give me a chance, I’ll do what I’m supposed to do.’”

Eighteen months later, Newman’s recovery is nothing short of remarkable. He was even the patient success story for a recent stroke conference at Methodist Rehabilitation Center.

For the rest of the story, see the Copiah County Courier, available at many stores in the area.

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