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I am not a victim!

I am not a victim! Zielinski, Karen The words and images we use can shape the public image of people with disabilities. IT WAS MONDAY MORNING and I had just opened the newspaper and sat my coffee cup down. Suddenly, I noticed my name on the society page. (For some reason, it’s part of human […]

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Ending Medication Madness

Ending Medication Madness Schwarz, Shelley Peterman Tips for taking those pesky pills properly. Dear Readers: Most of us take a variety of prescription medications and over-the-counter remedies, such as aspirin or antihistamines. Trying to remember what you’re taking, why you’re taking it, when to take it (once a day, once a week, morning, noon, night), […]

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My professor’s gift

My professor’s gift Yee, Dafna Faced with missing a chance at a degree, the author is the recipient of a good deed. I WANTED TO BECOME a psychologist. Even with two toddlers at home, I entered the University of Texas at Dallas in 1991, and with luck and hard work, I hoped to graduate with […]

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Coping with memory loss

Coping with memory loss Siebert, Lenora Caregiving Connection It’s important to remember that cognitive impairment is a common symptom of MS. A WHILE BACK, I realized that I was overly focused on the caregiving tasks I do for my loved ones. As a result, I was overlooking the very person depending on my care. For […]

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Eye problems and MS disease progression

Eye problems and MS disease progression Pizzi, D M New research draws a possible link between MS disability and abnormal eye movements. ABNORMAL EYE MOVEMENTS have long been considered a symptom of MS and are often considered in its diagnosis. Moreover, previous research questioned whether a link existed between the rate of disease progression and […]

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Should I be driving?

Should I be driving? Chiri-Mulkey, Judith “WHAT’S THIS? My foot missed the brake! I’m in the middle of a busy intersection. Oh, no! Now what?” Yes, I did take driver education when I was in high school. For years, I’d been a safe driver-no traffic accident or speeding tickets in my 40-year driving career. Thirty […]