Raised in the small Kentucky town of
Ashland, Naomi first came into public
view as half of country musicís most
famous mother/daughter team, The Judds.
In 1991, after selling over 20 million
albums and videos in a mere seven years
and at the pinnacle of their phenomenal
career, The Juddsí reign came to an
abrupt end. Naomi was diagnosed with
hepatitis C, a potentially fatal,
chronic liver disease that forced her
retirement. Now Naomi is on tour once
again with her daughter Wynonna,
travelling the country in "The Last Encore Tour".
Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down
with Naomi to share some of her unique
wisdom, wit and warmth.
Iíve noticed over the past
couple of years a marked
increase in the amount of emails
or calls we receive regarding
hepatitis C. Is hepatitis
C really that prevalent in
It will kill four times as many
Americans as AIDS will over the
next decade. I feel that
whatever kind of ability God
has given me, as an entertainer
and as a public figure, it is so
I can be a representative for
at Home: Emergency Escape Plan for
Loved Ones with Mobility Challenges
By Jennifer Wilson,
Children are usually taught about fire safety
and disaster preparedness in school. Experts in
the field, such as firefighters, teach through
demonstrating how a family should safely and
quickly evacuate their house during a fire, or
how to seek shelter during a natural disaster,
like a tornado or hurricane...continued
Surviving for Those Who Didnít - Choose
By Amelia Owen
Curled up under a hospital blanket in
the large recliner with her workbook from school, she
awakened to the sound of the nurse measuring her motherís
blood pressure and temperature. The glow from the TV and the
methodical pumping of the oxygen machine had lulled her to
sleep as she worked on her homework. At first, she could not
make out the strange environment...continued
Charting Your Course
With Parkinson's Disease Care
By Kristine Dwyer
Caring for a loved one with
Parkinsonís disease at home can be like sailing a ship
through uncharted waters. Currents, wind shifts and
changing weather patterns all influence the shipís
course on a daily basis. The effects of Parkinsonís
disease also present an unpredictable course and
caregivers must continually seek solutions and a
positive direction for the care they provide. ..continued
I have been a caregiver for my wife since a stroke in
2002 left her half paralyzed and unable to speak. It`s
a long and stressful job.
We have lost everything. She was a banker and I had
a construction business. Together, we made over
$200,000.00 per year; now we live off her disability. It
just doesn`t seem fair. Is there a way to get paid for being
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