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Road Construction on West Front Street in Middletown Until Aug. 8
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Wall, NJ – New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) today announced that it is installing 1,500 feet of main on West Front Street in Middletown, between... Read More...
Matawan Contractor Admits Failing to Perform Work for Post-Sandy Victims
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Admits He Took Deposits for Work He Never Did FREEHOLD, NJ - A Matawan-based contractor pleaded guilty to accusations of theft admitting he accepted... Read More...
IMAGE Telling Their Story Through the Power of Art
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
PHOTO: Amanda's Easel Program Coordinator Cindi Westendorf (second from left) and Canterbury Art Show volunteers in the 2013 art show gallery of... Read More...
IMAGE The Community YMCA Kicks Off ‘Togetherhood’ Initiative with School Supply Drive to Benefit Kids Near and Far
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
PHOTO: Sahar Akbarzai of Old Bridge helps Y campers create a mural that will travel to Afghanistan along with school supplies being collected at... Read More...
IMAGE Assistance Available for Organic Certification Costs
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
TRENTON, NJ  – The New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced a partnership with the federal government to reduce organic certification... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Not the Kind of Anchovy You Put on Pizza
by Joe Reynolds
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
If someone were to ask you the question what’s the most abundant and frequently found fish in Lower New York Bay, including Raritan Bay and Sandy... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Lucy
by David Prown
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
I saw the new movie, "Lucy" the other day starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman and this movie is going to do well in the box office. Not... Read More...
IMAGE Adoption Involving Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Laura Bloch adored his picture. “My husband and I had just been approved through an adoption agency and the agency sent out a letter with a picture... Read More...
IMAGE Is It The Shadow?
by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 25 July 2014
“Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of man? (Hoo-hoo-hoo-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!) The Shadow...” Starting in the 1930s, and extending well into... Read More...
IMAGE Spectator’s Observations
by George Hancock-Stefan
Thursday, 24 July 2014
During the World Cup, I watched as many games as possible. I watched them here at home, I watched a couple of games in Turkey where they were... 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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