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Saturday, 19 July 2014
PHOTO: Keyport Spanish American Festival is August 9 at Beach Park. (facebook image) The best of summer is on its way FREEHOLD, NJ – Warm... Read More...
Help Your Community Exercise Their Right to Vote
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Become a Monmouth County election poll worker FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Elections is seeking poll workers for upcoming elections.... Read More...
National Park Tourism in New Jersey Creates $159.5 Million in Economic Benefit
Saturday, 19 July 2014
New report shows visitor spending supports 2,328 jobs in New Jersey PHILADELPHIA, PA – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that... Read More...
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Saturday, 19 July 2014
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AAA Mid-Atlantic: Pump Prices in a Mid-Summer Slide
Saturday, 19 July 2014
The Week As predicted by AAA, the retail price at the pump continued to tick lower following the Independence Day holiday due primarily to lower... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Review - Tammy
by David Prown
Sunday, 20 July 2014
It's amazing to me how lame the movie selection was this week. I'm not even sure if there was anything new out...amazing. Have you noticed how I'm... Read More...
IMAGE The Importance of the Small Things, such as Commas
by George Hancock-Stefan
Sunday, 20 July 2014
I came back from a two week trip through Romania and Turkey.  It was a great trip visiting old and new churches and monasteries, and meeting in... Read More...
IMAGE Traumatic Brain Injury Was Devastating
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Four days after getting his driver's license at age 16 in 1975, Todd Bode was coaxed into joining his big brother on a road trip. The hook was that... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - July 18, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 18 July 2014
Edward Snowden says Dropbox is "hostile to privacy". That and Condoleezza Rice has been on their board since April: http://bit.ly/1rmen1c Why... Read More...
IMAGE How Many Divisions does the Court Have?
by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 18 July 2014
“How many divisions does the Pope have?” This was Josef Stalin’s famous rhetorical question to an advisor concerned about the Pope’s... 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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