Michaela Morris

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Since joining the Daily Journal staff in 1996, I’ve covered crime, courts, education, elections, Tupelo city hall, fashion, features and health care. I’m married to Daily Journal staff writer M. Scott Morris, and we have two children, a dog and a cat. I’m often inspired by the passion of our medical professionals and the determination of individuals facing down serious health issues. I love my work because I learn something new every day that can help my family and Daily Journal readers lead fuller, healthier lives. In the past two years, I’ve taken charge of my own health and lost 85 pounds.

Stories Written by Michaela Morris

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Cecil Ivory of Nettleton knows how lucky he is. “I’m blessed,” said the 49-year-old colon cancer survivor. “I thank God for every day.” He’s been healthy since he recovered from surgery and chemotherapy in 2007, and he encourages others to get screened for colon cancer and check out any […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County Board of Supervisors stood up for deputies and jail officers injured in the line of duty on Monday. The supervisors voted unanimously to approve a policy, developed by Sheriff Jim Johnson, Board Attorney Gary Carnathan and County Administrator Sean Thompson, allowing the county to […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Come spring, North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo will have a new leader. On Wednesday, North Mississippi Health Services announced David Wilson, who currently heads Shelby Baptist Hospital in Alabaster, Alabama, will take over as president of the Tupelo campus on March 30. “He is a great addition to […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The Sanctuary Hospice family celebrated their little light on Tuesday. Eric Lerma couldn’t speak or walk, but the 22-year-old profoundly touched those he met. “Eric gave us so much joy. He gave us smiles, he gave us hugs, and he gave us love,” said Sanctuary Chaplain Lenton […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Dr. Jessica Lilley’s professional path was inspired in no small part by her cousins. The Belmont native grew up surrounded by her Sparks and Graham cousins. “They were more like brothers than cousins,” Lilley said. Her cousin, Jordan Graham, who is just three weeks younger than she is, was […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Incontinence can be a loaded health issue. The problem with a leaky system might be physical, but it bleeds over into other areas of life. “It affects the quality of life along the lines of clinical depression,” said Oxford urologist Dr. Land Renfroe. Overactive bladder – also called urgency […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County Board of Supervisors took the first step Tuesday toward providing additional benefits for officers injured in the line of duty. Sheriff Jim Johnson presented a line-of-duty leave benefit policy at Tuesday’s board meeting. The proposed policy, developed by Johnson, board attorney Gary Carnathan and […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal The nation’s highest childhood vaccination rate could be considered one of Mississippi’s biggest public health achievements. For the 2013-14 school year, 99.7 percent of Mississippi kindergartners had received the recommended doses of required five vaccines. The estimated national median is between 93.3 to 95 percent for kindergartners. “It’s been […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal The ranks of heart surgery survivors are growing exponentially. “Survival has improved dramatically,” for both open heart surgery or minimally invasive catheter procedures, said Tupelo cardiologist Dr. Barry Bertolet. Heart disease patients can often look forward to years of good health, if they take care of themselves. “Technology can […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal A statewide collaborative network is giving strokes the heart attack treatment. The Mississippi Stroke Network system of care is up and running. Similar to the STEMI (heart attack) and trauma systems, the goal is to quickly identify and treat strokes, minimizing the damage to the brain. “It provides a […]