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NEWS

About the children of Katrina: (Please pray!)

  • According to Irwin Redlener, who recenty wrote an opinion piece for The Sacramento Bee, one in three children in FEMA-subsidized shelters of Katrina victims, has at least one chronic illness (such as asthma) requiring medical care.
  • Half of the children who had access to medical care before the storm no longer do.
  • And although nearly half the parents in the shelters report that their children exhibit symptoms of emotional or behavioral disorders, the evaluation and treatment they urgently need is almost impossible to secure.

For $100 million -- a small fraction of the billions allocated for reconstruction -- the government could support a force of at least 200 pediatricians and family doctors, 100 specially trained mental health workers, 25 mobile medical units and a much strengthened school-based health care network throughout the Gulf region. It could also put vital health care information in a computer database and set up virtual access to medical centers for children who can't get to specialists' offices.

Nice News to Hear


Congratu-
lations to
Casey
Martin

 

He's somewhat known for the battle he took on with the PGA Tour for the right to use a golf cart in competition. Now he has been named head coach of the University of Oregon golf team. hopekeepers Magazine had a feature on him July 2004. [Read the story by ESPN]

Casey lives with Klippel-Trenaunay-Webber Syndrome, a rare circulatory disorder that makes his right leg extremely weak and he lives with daily chronic pain. Nike even has an award called the "Casey Martin Award" to honor people with disabilities who have made a difference in sports.

When we asked him about his illness and the court battle to use a cart to get around the course in PGA Tour events, he replied, "As I look back, I think it was part of God's plan that it worked out just the way it did. It put me in the spotlight in a way that I would have never dreamt. So hopefully God used it, and will continue to use it. My faith certainly strengthened-thinking, 'I can't believe this is happening. . .' and I just cried out to God. He was faithful and brought me through that, so it's a big thing in my life -just to know that He did it and He will do it again, hopefully."

Kudos to the band, Pearl Jam

. . .who recently donated $1 from every ticket sold from the Hartford, CT show to Advocacy for Patients With Chronic Illness, a Farmington organization that offers information and advice on getting access to one's own medical records and obtaining insurance. It's an important cause for McCready, who has Crohn's Disease, which causes inflammation of the digestive tract.


 

 

READER PROFILE

My name is Chris Corliss, I have been married to David 19 years. We live in Plymouth, Michigan. I have had fibromyalagia a little over 18 years.

We have two children, our oldest is Dan,18. The fibro began during my 2nd trimester. Our daughter, Ekaterina is 13, she was adopted in 2000 at the age of 7. We also have a one year old Welsh Pembroke Corgi named Wesley, two cats and a guinea pig.

I am a Professional Project Manager, my job can be done most days from my desk in my house. I joined a Gym this last December and have been working out at least 3 days a week (30-40 minutes). I walk the track or ride a recumbent stationary bike, I use the exercise ball or stairs training equipment and take a weekly Yoga class for flexibility. I am happy to say that I have lost 11 pounds and am ever so slightly more flexible these days. The amount and type of pain reliever I am taking have dropped significantly. Although we are having a rainy spate right now so I'm pretty sore today.

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