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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
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
June 19, 2013 16:41 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
Porsche tops in annual survey of vehicle quality
DETROIT (AP) -- Porsche is the top performer in an annual survey of new vehicle quality.
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