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Friday September 11, 2009 - Issue #449

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Divided We Fall

Eight years ago this week, while typing my column for this newsletter, the unthinkable happened. The date was September 11, 2001 and I was in the middle of a paragraph recounting the terrific time I had while giving a talk in Sioux City, Iowa when the scenes that transfixed the world began to unfold across my television set. The juxtaposition between the terrorists who unleashed such horror and the caregivers I met in Iowa was striking and I commented that no such acts would tear this country apart, rather…

“No matter what ends they hope to accomplish, I guarantee you that with the community, love and support that I have seen across this country in cities large and small, these cowards will never win...”

Eight years forward and much of what was to be expected has happened as has much that we could not have anticipated. One positive thing which occurred in the days immediately after the attack was the sense of unity we felt as a nation, not to mention the support and well-wishes of much of the world. Unfortunately, it did not take long for a dizzyingly fast series of events to unravel those feeling.

Now, so many deaths later and with the events of that horrific day and those that followed having turned into a political football, this is a perfect moment for silent reflection— to stop and think. Think of those we lost and their loved ones, as well as those brave First Responders who are dealing with unforeseen respiratory illnesses to this day. Think of our new heroes returning from the war with injuries, seen and unseen that they will be dealing with for years to come and think of their families that stand by their side as they work hard to recover.

We need to find a way back to the solidarity and sense of community we felt those long days and nights ago.  We need to remember the compassion, civility and unity we all felt and renew those feelings in all things we do together as citizens. That is truly the only way to guarantee that the bad guys never win.  

The 9/11/2001 column
Of Love, Community and Cowards


Take care

Gary Barg

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Lung Cancer Care

By  Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Coping with the diagnosis of cancer is only the beginning of the journey.  The entire process of diagnosis, treatment and changes in lifestyle are day by day hurdles for both caregiver and loved one....Continued

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I Remember You

By Sandra Hedges  

Looking into your eyes I can sense that you are slowly leaving me
When I look into your eyes here is what I can see…
I see a mother, a sister, a friend and a wife
Someone who used to be so full of life ...Continued

Guest Column
Laughter: Medicine for the Heart
By Jane E. Maxwell

“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.”
—Kurt Vonnegut

(Do you have a story? Tell us.)



Parkinson's Disease: Tips for Caregivers
By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

With more than one million people affected with Parkinson’s disease in the United States today, there are many issues that caregivers are either facing now or will face in the future. Parkinson’s disease is a slow, degenerative disease manifesting itself in stiff muscles, difficulty walking, and other movement-related issues over time....Continued


 My Mom has a brain tumor and has been living with it for 7 years. She has endured a broken humurus bone twice and contracted staph infection. Before she knew she had a brain tumor she broke her hip and since July 4th 09, she has been with a cracked knee cap (on her left knee) which is weak because of her tumor being on the right side of her brain.

I am primary caregiver to her and her youngest child. A facility is coming out to do paper work on her knee to see if she can be entered into a health care facility for her knee rehab. She has NOT been herself lately and has almost done me in. I guess most of all I need prayer, but if there is any special things you do for caregivers, I am up for it.

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Inside This Issue:

Divided We Fall
Lung Cancer Care
I Remember You
Guest Column
Laughter: Medicine for the Heart


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