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Lawsuit blames Phoenix VA Medical Center for veteran’s suicide

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Lawsuit blames Phoenix VA Medical Center for veteran’s suicide | Fox News.

Do you work in the medical field?  Have you considered the impact bad news can have on a patient?  In this story, a veteran received word from the VA that his cancer had spread to his lungs, and he had only weeks to live.  Very sadly, the man committed suicide.  But, only a day after the suicide, the hospital called and said the diagnosis was wrong and he was not about to die. The wife has a 2.5 million lawsuit.  This is a very real reminder to doctors, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals- please double check such a diagnosis before handing it over to a patient. To those who have cancer and are struggling to have hope- know there is hope and that others love you and care for you.  If you are depressed and feeling hopeless and have a desire to commit suicide, please talk to a friend, pastor or professional counselor about your feelings.

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90-year-old Charged for Feeding Homeless in FL

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90-year-old among first charged under Fort Lauderdale’s strict rules against feeding homeless | Fox News.

A 90 year old man plans to feed up to 10,000 homeless people in Fort Lauderdale, FL this week and will face arrest for breaking local rules regarding feeding the homeless.  Mr. Abbott said he does this in honor of his wife who died 23 years ago in a car accident.  He his a WWII vet with two purple hearts and has been battling the local ordinances regarding this issue for years.  He said homeless people come to Florida because they won’t freeze to death.  He does this to show his neighbors love.

Those in opposition to Abbott, said continuing to make life easy for the homeless population only encourages homelessness.  They also say that thousands of homeless create crime and sanitation issues.  Abbott said he will not be providing porta-potties to the estimated 10,000 people set attend his free meal.  Abbott says that is the job of the city.

Abbott’s non-profit is: Love Thy Neighbor, Inc.

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The Power of Positive Thinking- part 2

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Here is an excerpt from the book The Power of Positive Thinking (1952) by Norman Vincente Peale.  It is from chapter 5:  How t o Create Your Own Happiness.

Who decides whether you shall be happy or unhappy?  Then answer- you do!   A television celebrity had a guest on his program an aged man.  And he was a very rare old man indeed.  His remarks were entirely unpremeditated and of course absolutely unrehearsed.  They simply bubbled up out of a personality that was radiant and happy.  And whenever he said anything, it was so naive, so apt, that the audience roared with laughter.  They loved him.  The celebrity was impressed, and enjoyed it with the others.

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Why the suicide rate among veterans may be more than 22 per day

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Why suicide rate among veterans may be more than 22 a day – CNN.com.

When we consider the most valuable members of our society, do we list the name of a movie or sport star?  I think he most valuable members of our society are veterans.  We have a long line of family members who fought in wars- The Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWII, Vietnam, and Afghanistan.

My father (who is a Vietnam vet) struggled for years with PTSD.  He wouldn’t talk to my mom about it.  He’s now around 70 years old and sits alone in a nursing home room.  I have no doubt- the war still haunts him.  He just tries not to think about it.

Did you know that there are approximately 22 veterans who commit suicide in our country each day?  In fact, the numbers are probably higher.  Many states do not keep accurate records concerning suicide, nor report their findings.  Did you know that 69% of vets who commit suicide are over 50 years old?  Many are young- in their early twenties.  This is a devastating and heart breaking problem.  For more on this topic, please see attached article from CNN.

Never forget to take the time to thank the vets you see.

 

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What your doctor wishes you would stop doing

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What your doctor wishes you would stop doing | Watch the video – Yahoo News.

In this video, an ER nurse makes suggestions to those who may experience a health crisis.  These few tips may help save your life.

DON’T call 911 from a cell phone if you can help it.  A land-line will automatically produce an exact location to dispatchers and cell phones are more likely to have a sound that isn’t as clear (a static sound).

DON’T drive yourself to the hospital.  You risk injuring other drivers on the road if you were to become incapacitated while driving.  If you call 911, you can receive medical treatment while in route to the hospital.  This might help save your life, depending on the situation.

If you have symptoms of a stroke (see http://www.stroke.org) DON’T wait- seek immediate medical attention.  There is a three hour window where your long-term prognosis is good.  The longer you wait, the poorer the outcome.

For the full article, please watch the video.

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Facing Death With Unbelievable Courage

bookYears ago, an acquaintance of mine shared the story of her mother who died at age 46.  It was such a touching story; I still recall it today.  Jo Brown of Anderson, S.C. was a mother of two who was diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.  She was a Christian and wasn’t afraid of death and didn’t want her children or grandchildren to be scared either.  She had a credo “God doesn’t make mistakes.  I rest my soul in Him.”

In the last three months of her life, Jo Brown was very open about her sickness, allowed her friends to help with tasks around the house, and even visited her “resting place”.  She has left a tremendous legacy of love and courage to her family and others.

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Memory Loss Myths & Facts From the Alzheimer’s Association

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Memory Loss Myths & Facts | Alzheimer’s Association.

Do you know someone who has Alzheimer’s disease?  Do you want to learn more about the disease?  There is a tremendous amount you can learn through this site:  http://www.alz.org

There are many things that are believed to cause Alzheimer’s.  Things such as eating out of aluminum pots and pans, getting a flu shot, or having metal fillings in your teeth.  Much research has gone into these possible causes over the years.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, none of the above cause Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s continues to be a tragic diagnosis affecting millions throughout the world.  There are medications that can slow the progression of the disease for 6-12 months, but none that can offer a cure.  For more about this disease and the myths surrounding it, visit the above web site.

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