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This page contains links to sites with information for medical conditions that have affected our friends and family. For the sake of their privacy I will not identify those whose need has caused us to find these sites. But if you are seeking help with any of these situations, perhaps you can find some information here. Our prayers will be with you who have joined the fellowship of suffering. This is a club no one wants to join. But trust God, who has promised in Romans 8:28
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose."
This is a precious promise to those who have trusted Christ as Savior, that God is using even the hard things in life to shape us into what we need to become. After all, it takes diamond grit to polish a diamond. May we shine for Him!
If you are looking for learning disability information, try HERE. Autism sites have also been moved to this page.
- National Alopecia Foundation Losing your hair?
- JAMA Asthma Information Center.
- Anorexia & Bulimenia
- Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders More help understanding sufferers and their families.
- Celiac Disease also known as "Sprue", this autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten can be debilitating.
- Color Blind On-line test and links for more info.
- The Bipolar Child by Papolos & Papolos This is the 2002 edition of the most helpful book I have read on this topic.
- Winds of Change Bipolar support group site. Information, links, email support group information. One page that is particularly helpful is a non-technical summary/comparison of the various types of Manic Depressive illness.
Types of Bipolar.
- PsychWeb Resource for all sorts of mental illnesses.
- MentalHealth.com A large site that aspires to be "a free encyclopedia of mental health information." Includes a useful pharmacy reference.
- Deaf Homeschooling Network While this site is focused on teaching children, it has a great many links for all deaf people.
- Disabled American Veterans
These next two may be related. They are not the same, but a link is suspected.
- Padget's Disease of the bone, large research site at Harvard.
Spastic Paraparesis Currently considered to be a form of Muscular Distrophy, research at Duke University.
Didn't find it so far? Diabetes, Cancer, financial help, Vaccination information and a section of general resources are further down this page - Keep scrolling!
Ancedotal from a family member: When I brought home my first meter a few months ago, I decided to have the whole
family "test" for practice. 13 year old son stuck himself cheerfully (He
offered to stick everyone. Somehow we doubted his altruism). Then it was
hubby's turn. It took him 2 hours of sitting there staring at the penlet
before he could work up enough courage to click his finger! He was almost
crying! When he did it he said in amazement "It hardly hurt at all!".
- On-Line Resources for Diabetics Rick Medosa has gathered almost anything you might be looking for onto this page.
- American Academy of Opthmology Retinopathy information. This is why diabetics must see an opthmologist rather than an optomotrist.
- American Diabetes Association The huge organization devoted to research and resources for diabetes. The advice (diets, medications) tends to be slanted toward insulin-users.
- Native American Diabetes Project Unfortunatly, certain ethnic groups are at higher risk of developing diabetes. Having American Indian heritage all by itself puts you into the highest-risk category, certain tribes reach over 50%.
- Safety Prevention Products A new site carrying ONE product- puncture-proof inner soles for shoes. Every Diabetic needs these, and there is no other commercial source!
- Kids Learn About Diabetes
Great page by an Eagle Scout whose brother and sister are diabetic.
- Children with Diabetes Where kids can find out more about themselves, and talk to other child diabetics.
- Lehigh University Diabetes Information Includes email subscription information. This is a chatty, non-professional group tending to be type 2 and interested in diet, though type 1 and "pumpers" are also here. This is an open list run by a University. Very high message count here - expect a LOT of mail.
- Diabetes World FAQs, more links and information, and another email list to subscribe to. This group has more professionals, type 1's and pumpers, with more technical medication discussions. This is a private, moderated list, and admission is by approval (though most approval is automatic.) Also a large list!
I strongly recommend reading the book "Walking Through the Fire", by Laurel Lee. This 1970's book by a Hodgkins survivor should be considered a primer on what cancer patients, and their families, go through.
- Keepin' the Faith Cancer support for the heart and soul. (site has a ratings tag for mild language). MedExplorer describes the site this way: "Features team of email support volunteers, crisis prayer team and online
prayer list, basic guide to online cancer support, survivors' stories,
activism and empowerment, cancer humor and poetry. The site addresses the
emotional and spiritual aspects of the cancer experience. Designed for
patients, survivors and caregivers."
- Online book from the UK - how parents can talk w/ kids about cancer .
Lymphoma Resources Pages - including Hodgkins.
- Hodgkin's site A Survivor.
- Healthguide Pharmacy Information on all sorts of psychiatric medications. Bulliton board for Q & A.
- MedWeb Link to their substance abuse information links page, and from here to many other information pages.
- Quackwatch Your Guide to Health Fraud, Quackery, and Intelligent Decisionmaking.
- Sapient Health Network SHN is an interactive health information service developed for people with chronic and serious illnesses. Individual topics include assessment quizzes with ranking of your risks, and individualized advice. Many Women's Health issues specifically addressed. Links to MedExplorer and the National Library of Medicine for more topics.
- MedExplorer A medical search engine - Find more help on specific problems.
- Easter Seals Gateway Lots of help here!
I Can't Afford Medical Care
Think again! There is a little known program named "The Hill Burton Act", which mandates
that hospitals and
medical institutions that have borrowed funds, received grants or other aid
from Uncle Sam, must offer free/inexpensive health care to employed people that don't qualify
for medicaid or have other group coverage. Call 800-638-0742 for
information on participating sites. This is not welfare and we paid for
this program with our tax dollars. Go in to the business office of the
nearest participating hospital and ask to apply for the Hill-Burton
program. If you do qualify you get a card, which you show any time you or
your family need to go in. Services are either free or sliding-scale, and
the program is intended for where at least one person in the family is
I Don't Want My Child Vaccinated
Yes, you can avoid it - if you have medical or religious objections. You must document your objections with a notarized statement for each shot, for each child. Copies should be kept on file in your child's school records (Public, Private, or homeschool), at your Doctor's office, at the Emergency Rooms of the nearest hospitals, and given to each coach or with camp registrations. It's a good idea to keep a copy of each in your purse or Day Runner, in case of emergencies. This is a Federal Exemption, though most States also have similar laws. More details and some discussion of how this applies to home education in Illinois may be found HERE.
Here are some more sites with information worth considering about vacinations. You might also wish to search the the National
Health Organization (Bethesda, MD) and World Health Organization sites (Atlanta GE).
Can I Do That? YES, You Can!
- Designing an Accessible World How to make your site useful to almost everyone.
- Designing access to WWW pages More tips.
- Society for the Advancement of Travel for the Handicapped (SATH) Publishers of "Open World" magazine, with the goal of promoting AWARENESS, RESPECT and ACCESSIBILITY for disabled and mature travelers and EMPLOYMENT for the disabled in the tourism industry.
- Access-Able Travel Source This Web site lists travel agents, attractions, and lodging; provides links to accessibility organizations; and enables travelers with disabilities to share information.
- Wilderness Inquiry a nonprofit organization based in Minnesota, welcomes adventurers of all ages and abilities for rafting or canoeing, dog sledding, and sea-kayaking excursions in North America, Australia, and Europe.
- Alaska Welcomes You! features accessible group adventures such as river rafting or fishing in Alaska, as well as trip-planning services and self-drive tours in a wheelchair lift-equipped recreational vehicle.
- The Adaptive Riding Institute in Oregon provides riding lessons, trail rides, and summer horseback camping trips for people with disabilities. For information about trail riding programs nationwide, contact the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association at 1 (800) 369-7433.
- Access Tours is a nonprofit concern based in Jackson, Wyoming, that offers tours of the West for groups of 8–10 people. Trips are designed for slow walkers and wheelchair-users who are independent or who travel with an attendant. For information call Clint Gross at 1 (800) 929-4811.
- Flying Wheels Travel has scheduled 1998 trips to Scandinavia and Russia, Central Europe (including Berlin and Prague), and Holland and the Rhine Valley. Contact: Flying Wheels at 1 (800) 535-6790.
- Mobility International USA helps people with disabilities get involved with international exchange programs- including high school exchange students and year-abroad college programs.
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