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AHH 24-Hr. News

IMAGE Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück at Monmouth U April 24
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ  – The 2013-2014 Visiting Writers Series closes with a very special reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück... Read More...
Freeholders Proclaim 2014 ‘Library Week’ in Monmouth County
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognizes the importance of the library system and has declared the week of April... Read More...
IMAGE Union Beach Church Recipient of Make a Difference Day Award
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Elijah Rodriguez (second from left) at Make a Difference Day National Award Ceremony  UNION BEACH, NJ - Gateway Church of Christ is the... Read More...
How Most of America’s Food is Controlled by a Few Corporations
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
LINCROFT, NJ – How 80 per cent of America’s food production has become dominated by a few corporate food processors will be explored by Patty... Read More...
Local Students Win Awards at Heritage National Music Festival
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
TINTON FALLS, N.J. –  The Upper School Chorus, Show Choir and Orchestra at Ranney School,  under the direction of instructors Tess... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE COMMON CORE Can Deliver Rigor to US Schools If It's not an Iron-Clad Mandate
by wjoreilly
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
  Make way for the Common Core, coming soon to a public school near you. Some are thrilled, others bored, and still others terrified of the... Read More...
IMAGE April Love – and April Fool
by Woody Zimmerman
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
(Edited from an article of April 2004) At our house April 1st is a favorite date for more than the usual silly reasons of practical jokes and... Read More...
IMAGE Ospreys Return this Spring To Raise A Family
by Joe Reynolds
Monday, 14 April 2014
For the past dozen years or more, during the first full week of April, I have celebrated the return of spring to Sandy Hook Bay and Raritan Bay with... Read More...
IMAGE Getting Into That "Highly Selective American College": Get Involved in Your World...NOW!
by wjoreilly
Monday, 14 April 2014
These are the schools your parents want you to get into, your friends want to get into--you may even want to get into one of them yourself. They run... Read More...
IMAGE Mayoral Candidate Avery Grant’s Pioneering Vision for Long Branch: “A Community.”
by Dennis
Sunday, 13 April 2014
When retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Avery Grant, a veteran of the Vietnam War, first moved to Long Branch, he was taken not only by its natural... Read More...

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danvance_120Through a Facebook reader of this column, I learned about 62-year-old Susan Addison of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Now retired, she was a special education teacher for more than 30 years of children with disabilities and later a training program developer for a State of Tennessee early intervention program that served children with disabilities under age 3.

Addison said, "It was hard for me to go from being the person helping people with disabilities find help to being the disabled person in need of that help."

Her personal story of disability began in her 20s while earning a masters degree in special education at the University of Georgia. She had then an occasional "itchy nerve pain" in her legs and awkwardness in walking, including one foot that would kick the ankle of her other foot to the point of cuts developing.

"I wasn't diagnosed with (a form of) multiple sclerosis until my mid-50s, even though I'd had difficulties from my 20s on," she said. According to the National Institutes of Health, multiple sclerosis (MS) is a central nervous system disease ranging in severity from benign to devastating when "communication between the brain and other parts of the body is disrupted."

By the time of her diagnosis in 2005, Addison was experiencing extreme fatigue, a loss of control of bodily movements, thinking difficulties, balance issues when walking, short-term memory problems, nerve pain and limb weakness, double vision, and intolerance toward exercise. Back then, she walked with a cane. She had been able to keep working because of co-workers who helped with paperwork and drove her to meetings. Doctor-ordered MRIs eventually confirmed the presence of hundreds of MS-caused brain lesions that had been affecting her cognitive abilities.

"It was very, very difficult for me to resign from my job," she said. "And it still is difficult. That work was my passion in life." Today, Addison doesn't drive a car, and outside the home uses a wheelchair to get around.

She advised people recently diagnosed: "If you are young, your disability should be much easier (to cope with) than someone like me diagnosed late in life. When I was young, I didn't participate in any treatment. If you are young and think you have MS, aggressively pursue a diagnose and participate in treatment. There are many treatment options. Hopefully, you will never acquire the level of disability I have."

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