Live, Laugh, Love
Ernest Clayton (Clay) Walker, Jr. is a
talented man, with a large group of dedicated fans; a good man, who
has created a non-profit organization, Band against MS, dedicated to
supporting those living with multiple sclerosis; and an extremely
lucky man, with a wife, Jessica, who makes sure that she says “I love
you” every time he injects the Copaxone drug necessary to help treat
his own MS. MS is a disease that affects the central nervous
system—the brain and spinal cord. It can cause problems with muscle
control and strength, vision, balance, feeling and thinking. Walker,
who's in remission, has what's called relapsing-remitting MS.
Clay was first diagnosed in 1996 as he was playing
his usual pick-up basketball game with friends. During the game, his
leg stopped working and he was experiencing double vision. "I went for
an MRI and they found lesions and scars on my brain. That's what
multiple sclerosis (MS) means—multiple scars," Walker says.
After the diagnosis of MS was confirmed, his
concerns turned to his young daughter; would he be able to dance at
her wedding or even be around long enough to give away the bride? And
even more, would he be able to play with her and her two siblings to
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Managing Lung Disease
By Cheryl Ellis, RPFT, CRT, Staff Writer
The lungs oversee the body’s oxygen needs
by taking in air deep into their corridors (called bronchi),
allowing for oxygen and carbon dioxide to filter in and out of
the blood. The dance of oxygen exchange becomes more
complicated with inhaled pollutants of different kinds, such
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Insomnia: The Caregiver's Role
A growing number of seniors today face the
difficulty of sleep disorders, commonly referred to as insomnia.
Up to 30% of the elderly experience infrequent sleep patterns,
apnea (the stoppage of breath), and waking up too early...read more
Leaving Your Loved One Home Alone
If it has not already been debated, the
possibility of leaving your loved one alone in your home is
certainly bound to occur. You will no doubt have many
questions to ponder as you decide upon the prospects of
leaving them such as, will they attempt to go outside?, will
they hurt themselves?, or will they need emergency assistance?...read more
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From Christopher in Arizona
This is my 20th year caregiving to my disabled
son. I write poems, read, and try to relax when he rests—my forms
of escape. But most of all, I think of the good times and hug him
and tell him how much he means to me. This makes us both
feel better because we have shared a smile of happier times.
From Jeanne in Iowa
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