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Lance Weldy, Part Five

Part 5: Late Bloomer and “Happy Endings”? Read Part One   Read Part Two    Read Part Three    Read Part Four And now, it is October 2012, a very significant month for …


Lance Weldy, Part Four

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Lance Weldy, Part Three

Part 3: Depression and Aftermath—Home Again Read Part One   Read Part Two    Read Part Four    Read Part Five Those first few days back at home were some of the lowest …


Lance Weldy, Part Two

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Lance Weldy, Part One

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