Posts in category "health"

2014 - A great time to reset

I have written four stories already on New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 for the four Shaw Media magazines I contribute to. I interviewed at least eight different “experts” addressing the obvious topics of losing weight, eating healthier, being more organized and spending more time with family. But the most helpful advice I learned for starting... Read more »

Jerry Kill and his new purpose

Many who know me know that I don’t follow football, much less college football, nor do I know the players’ names, much less the coaches. But now, thanks to epilepsy, I do  know who University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill is. Like my own 14-year-old daughter,  Abby, Jerry Kill has epilepsy. He  has recently... Read more »

Epilepsy woke me up this morning

This morning laying in bed, just opening my eyes from a deep sleep, here is what was going through my mind. My 14-year-old daughter had her first seizures in February. Within days, she was diagnosed as having epilepsy and prescribed anti-epileptic medicine. On March 4, about a week after being back in school she had... Read more »
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The Other Side-truly Chicago's very own story of addiction, recovery and friendship - oh and Jimmy Kimmel talked about it last night! Here is how it all began!

In September of 2009, Chris Reed was 19 years old lying in a hospital bed — after his third heroin overdose — telling his family he wanted to die. With a raging drug addiction that began when he was just about 14 with alcohol and marijuana, he had hit his rock bottom. But today, Reed,... Read more »

Breaking free from our prisons

There are heartaches and troubles all around the world today. No one is exempt from pain. You see the rich and famous, and think, they have perfect lives. But, I trust they are in their own personal prisons. My family and I have had more than a few bumps.  But, we are no better off... Read more »

Writers write

Well today has been two weeks and three days since Abby’s last seizure. One month since her first two. We have since taken her off of one medicine, Keppra and have her on a new, stronger anti-epileptic drug, Trileptal. We appreciate each and every moment she is living her life, laughing, singing, dancing. We even... Read more »
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What I'd give .....

Here is what I no longer have. A flat stomach. Shapely, muscle toned thighs and cute booty. Thick, long “big” hair. Tight, wrinkle-free skin on my face. Energy. Energy. Energy. Memory. Good, long night’s sleep. Worry-free days. Worry-free nights. Sense that my Abby is safe and sound, tucked away for a peaceful night’s sleep  in... Read more »

Emily and Abby - success at a price

It’s been a while since I wrote, but for good reason. We have been in a bit of a breakdown here in our little house in the suburban cul-de-sac. In my most recent post I wrote about how proud I was of my daughters Emily, 17, and Abby, 13, and all they have accomplished through... Read more »

True humanity in the face of recovery, not celebrity

They say never judge a book by its cover. I recently wrote a story for the Chicago Tribune about a group of four young men from the far northwest suburbs, in their early twenties, who had already gone through enough chaos and self-destruction in their lives to last a lifetime. They each, at one point... Read more »
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SAD

Today is Jan. 5, five days into a new year with new promise, new direction, new plans, but very little sun making it hard to get up, out and even on that new road leading me into this new year! This morning when I woke up the sky was the perfect shade of blue and... Read more »
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