Medical conditions touch our lives in many ways...perhaps a condition we are dealing with, perhaps watching a friend or family member deal with it or perhaps we just learn about a condition and want to help in someway. I'd like to touch on several very different conditions that all have events scheduled in February.
It's fun to see the annual Red Dress Event expand to also include the gentlemen -- this year it's the Red Dress-Red Tie Event. Of course, there's no requirement to wear a red dress, red tie or really anything red. But it is fun! Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the US so learning more about it - and how to prevent - is a good idea for everyone.
Held at Hillcrest Hall, Minersville on Friday, February 1 from 6:30 pm to 10 pm, the night will combine the fun of a dinner/dance with the chance to learn while listening to guest speaker Justin Guthier, D.O., LVPG cardiologist. There will also be a Basket Raffle with proceeds to benefit Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill. Tickets are $50 or $60 at the door. For tickets and information contact Mary Bardell at 570-621-4242 or Mary.Bardell@lvhn.org
There are more than 600 neurological disorders -- my own family has been touched by several, including strokes, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, epilepsy and brain tumors. If you, or someone in your love is dealing with a neurological disorder you might consider joining one of several Neurological Disorder Support Groups that meet throughout the county on the third Friday of every month from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. Support groups can help you learn more about treatment options, overcoming day to day obstacles, insurance challenges and just having the gift of speaking to someone who understands what your life is about. If you want to meet like-minded people, here where you can find them:
Sadly, even though I have spread the word about them before there continues to be a need for this particular presentation: Public Access to Narcan. The presentation will be held at The Community Mission Christian Center, 336 N. Front Street, Minersville on February 21 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Information about addiction, opioid overdose prevention and overdose reversal using Narcan will be provided by Dr. John W. Stefovic, COGI medical director. The event is free but you must register by February 18 at 570-628-6990 or www.coginc.com