Be sure to recognize early signs of a stroke
To the editorW
This kovember, nine of the 1R commissioner seats in Abington Township will be up for election or re-election. f, along with the other candidates, will be distributing informative materials. However, an event in my personal life in 2M12 has reshaped the messages f want to communicate. ves, you will see literature about my platform, but f also want to take this opportunity to share with as many people as possible the potentially life-changing information that f wish f had known a year ago.
fn jarch of 2M12, my husband, Roger, suffered a moderate stroke. Because this event has changed our lives dramatically, f cannot help wishing we had known about stroke signs and symptoms. Had we been informed, perhaps we could have prevented or at least minimized the effects that Roger must now navigate in his daily life. Although Roger has made great progress through physical, occupational and speech therapy, we have both considered the different outcome that could have resulted if we had recognized the symptoms and gotten him to emergency care much sooner. He might KaYH EHHn JLYHn WKH )D$ approved, clot buster medication that can reduce longterm disability from strokes if administered within three KRuUV RI WKH fiUVW VyPSWRP.
lur goal now is to prevent other families from having to go through such a long and challenging recovery by putting out stroke awareness information. As with most illnesses, early detection can make the difference.
jay is kational
Stroke Awareness jonth, so please take the time to memorize the signs of stroke. iearn cASTW cace — Ask the person to VPLOH. DRHV RnH VLGH GURRS?
Arms — Ask the person to UaLVH ERWK aUPV? DRHV RnH arm drift down?
Speech — Ask the person to repeat a simple senWHnFH. DRHV WKH VSHHFK VHHP slurred?
Time — ff you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
Be certain to note the time when any symptoms fiUVW aSSHaU VR WKaW KHaOWKcare workers can make the best decisions possible. Roger had begun manifesting some symptoms early in the day, but then, most of them seemed to disappear until the evening when the symptoms became more obvious. Roger and f urge everyone to learn the cAST warning signs of stroke. ft would mean so much to both of us if we assisted in helping even just one person and family.
Peggy jyers Abington commissioner
Ward 8 Willow drove
To the editorW
f was delighted to participate in a panel discussion the other week hosted by Abington cree Public iibrary. Elizabeth Sperling, the library’s adult literacy program coordinator, organized the panel as a resource for tutors who help adult students.
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Pennsylvanians, provides services to immigrants in our area. We were honored to be part of the panel, which also included speakers from Abington Hospital, jontgomery County Community College, local immigration attorneys, state Rep. jadeleine Dean’s office and Abington Ward 11 Commissioner John Spiegelman.
lur sincere thanks to the Abington library for organizing the event. ft was terrific to have so many engaged and thoughtful questions from Abington- area residents who work as tutors.
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock director of outreach Welcoming Center for
A Glenside treasure
To the editorW
Each time f drive down the streets of dlenside f am reminded of another treasure.
Webster’V GHfinLWLRn RI WUHDsure isW any person, place or thing considered valuable. f have a list of places in dlenside that f consider valuable treasures, but f would like to write about a person who is a 6M-plus-year resident of this wonderful community.
f met this precious treasure a year ago, but f feel as if f have known her forever. Her name is Helene Walsh and she is 99 years young.
Although she claims that her body is slowing down f recognL]H DnG HnMRy WKH PLnG DnG spirit of a young girl.
She shares with me her love for dod, books, poetry, gardening and life. She has reminded me that every day is a gift and that friendship is a gift for the heart. Helene is a faithful parishioner of St iuke’s Catholic Church.
Her compassion and concern for me and my family is demonstrated with sweet notes and cards. She has taught me that a letter is a gift forever.
This kind and gentle lady is a dlenside treasure and f know that dod showed me favor when He brought her into my life. She will be my forever friend. Thank you, Helene. Shirley Weaver
Hospital omits important stat
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ff you had been there, you, too, would have been impressed. April 22 was Abington jemorial Hospital’s annual open-to-the-public meeting of the board of trustees. President and CEl iaurence jerlis narrated a PowerPoint presentation chock full of impressive statistics about Abington Health — the services they offer, the number of patients they care for, etc. But there was one statistic conspicuously absent from the presentation. fn fact, you won’t see it on the hospital’s website, in any of its television commercials, in its mailings or on its banners in the mall. Since they won’t tell you, f will. Abington jemorial Hospital does abortions — lots of them — 89 abortions in 2M12.
That means 1T8 parents that won’t get to cradle their baby in their arms or announce, “it’s a boy” or “it’s a girl.” Eighty-nine children will never learn to walk, try WR FDWFK D EuWWHUfly RU ODuJK when being tickled. Eightynine abortions means that the equivalent of three classrooms full of children won’t start elementary school in a few years. ko wonder the hospital doesn’t tell anybody.
Jill Page dlensideLArdsley