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It's one of an uncountable number of ways Meningitis has touched her life.
"There are times I don't feel real good still but I'm so happy it's not as bad as it was," said Peay.
Like many meningitis cases, Peay became infected from a tainted steroid injection.
Statewide, 124 people contracted the infection including 14 who died.
"There were some days where I didn't care if I lived. I really didn't," said Peay.
Since her initial release from the hospital in October, Peay has had to return to St. Thomas twice and the medication she takes twice a day still has complications.
She can't drive and still has memory and coordination problems.
"She's unstable on her feet and she's fell about three times," said husband George Peay.
Still Joan says her health has improved thanks to a medication change.
She's doing well enough to be thankful to spend Christmas with family.
"It's gonna be a very blessed Christmas for us because a very many people have been praying for me," said Peay.
Monday, December 24 2012, 03:55 PM CST
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
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