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The Abel family includes (left to right) Bruce, Morgan, Hannah and Heidi. Nineteen-year-old Morgan was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in March. (Contributed photo)

An unplanned detour

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When 19-year-old Morgan Abel of Farwell spent most of the winter coughing, she didn't think much of it, even after her mother encouraged her to see a doctor.


She figured she'd go in for a simple office visit, be prescribed some antibiotics and be on her way. Even the fact that she'd experienced some unusual finger clubbing didn't make her concerned.

The visit went as planned - after some blood tests and routine checks, Abel was sent home with an antibiotic prescription.

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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