Be sure to rec­og­nize early signs of a stroke

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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

Li­brary thanked

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.

jy or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Wel­com­ing Cen­ter for kew

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.

Sin­cerely,

Amanda Berg­son-Shilcock di­rec­tor of out­reach Wel­com­ing Cen­ter for

kew Penn­syl­va­ni­ans

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

Blue Bell

Hos­pi­tal omits im­por­tant stat

To the edi­torW

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

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