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 Thursday September 30, 2010 - Issue #1

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a U.S. congresswoman from Florida. She has long been an advocate for the rights of women, seniors, and children. In 2009, she increased efforts to promote early screening for breast cancer after revealing her own battle with the disease in 2008. The bill passed as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010.

Editor-In-Chief Gary Barg sat down with the congresswoman for a wide-ranging discussion about laws, families and caregiving.

Gary Barg: What can you tell us about the Early Act?

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: The EARLY Act, called the Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act, is legislation that I introduced when I was researching a way that I could help use my own story to really advance the fight against breast cancer. And what I found was that the biggest gap that exists right now is what young women face when they are diagnosed with breast cancer because mostly the focus of breast cancer education is on women who are 40 and over. So the EARLY Act will create an education and awareness campaign targeted at women under 45 years old that will help them understand how to focus on their breast health so that they can minimize their risks and make it more likely if they are diagnosed with breast cancer, it is detected early. ...continued


Take care

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Feature Article

Multiple Sclerosis: Getting and Managing
Health Care Needs

by Grace Curry

If you are caregiving to a friend or relative with Multiple Sclerosis, you already know how difficult it can be to manage that care. Services once covered by health care insurance no longer are available. Managed care and increased benefit cutbacks in both private and federal health care agencies have made getting quality care difficult. It is not just the person with Multiple Sclerosis who is affected by this. Many others dealing with various diseases and disabilities have found trying to obtain adequate care, a very frustrating concern....continued Cancer Channel

Guest Column

A Year of Alzheimer's

By Elisa Lewis   

“It’s a Puh.. Puh… Puh… word.”  I desperately explained to my husband. He turned his head away from me and walked into the other room. I stood there alone, bereft, defeated, feeling the tears burn through my embarrassment and frustration.

It wasn’t the first time. This had become more and more prevalent in our lives. Being unable to communicate was common lately; a turn in my life that was unexpected and completely foreign. It changed everything. And it was getting worse. I was so frightened I was becoming paralyzed, isolated, and ashamed...continued



Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we offer these helpful Cancer links to you:

  • American Cancer Society: Widely recognized for its information services and research programs, this society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health

  • organization.
  • AMC Cancer Research: This non-profit organization focuses its attention on 
    important cancer research in the areas of causation and prevention, nutrition, health communications, behavioral research, and community studies.

Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

Tip from Sandi Cincinnati OH

My husband was in hospital for 112 days and I learned about pull sheets. Wow.... My husband had MS before being put into the hospital and I had a really rough time moving him on the bed. But with a Pull sheet under him now is just so easy. Basically you take a flat sheet and fold in half and place it long ways across the bed and the you can give it a tug from the right or left to move the patient and you can even roll the patient to the side. What a time saver.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

An Interview with
Debbie Schultz

Feature Article

Multiple Sclerosis
Guest Column

A Year of Alzheimer's

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Sharing Wisdom



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