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The Itch Is Back….

Greetings Readers!

A great deal of time has passed since I have written a blog. Tons of things have changed for the better; one being the birth of my daughter Noelle Christina Keefer. She’s 8 months now and until this very day I can’t believe I and my fiancé Edward could ever be blessed with such an adorable little girl.

image “Myself, Ed and our daughter Noelle”

God has truly heard my prayers and granted me such a wonderful family of my very own. If this is a dream, please do not wake me for here is where I want to stay.

I’m a new mommy and learning as I go. Thankfully I have a great support system that’s willing to show me the ropes. Nevertheless, at the end of the day it’s my call on how to care for my little cub and boy o’ boy I think I’m doing a great job being Mama Lioness. All I want for Noelle is to be a healthy, happy and loved baby and she is certainly that.

image “Picture purrr-fect lil cub”

Papa Lion Edward C. Keefer is the man who gave me this sweetie pie, my better half and soulmate. Together we have created a strong positive family that consists of joy and laughter; I wouldn’t want it any other way.

image “The King & I”

So as you can tell, I’m walking on Cloud 9 and my thrill has returned. The powerful love which has taken me over has once again awoken that itch…that hunger to write my tale off. No doubt this writer’s back.

Stayed Tuned!

 

“B A Hero” PSA Video Contest Announced by Hep B Free Philadelphia and Hepatitis B Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Leah Ludwig

leah@furiarubel.com / 215-340-0480

(Help Save Lives and Stop Hepatitis B through a PSA Video Contest)

PHILADELPHIA (January 2012) – Hep B Free Philadelphia, a citywide and community-owned education campaign led by the Hepatitis B Foundation to save lives and stop hepatitis B, is calling on the Greater Philadelphia community to participate in its “B A Hero” Public Service Announcement (PSA) Video Contest 2012. Interested participants are asked to create 30-second PSAs to raise awareness about hepatitis B.

There are three opportunities to submit PSAs about the subject of hepatitis B awareness in relation to the “B A Hero” theme. Deadlines are Feb. 17, 2012; Mar. 16, 2012; and Apr. 13, 2012 – no later than 11:59 p.m. EST. There will be three separate judging periods in which video submissions will be added to the Hep B Free Philadelphia Facebook page and Facebook users will have the opportunity vote on their favorite video. Three finalists will be identified and each will receive a prize of $100. The grand prize winner, selected by Hep B Free Philadelphia and Hepatitis B Foundation representatives, will receive an additional $150 and their PSA will be shown at the 2012 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival and Hep B Free Philadelphia’s annual media event.

“Hepatitis B is a serious infection that affects at least 2 million people in the U.S. It is often known as a silent killer because its symptoms tend to be hidden until it’s simply too late,” said Chari Cohen, Hepatitis B Foundation Associate Director of Public Health. “By offering this PSA video contest, we are hoping to engage people in the Philadelphia region, create awareness about hepatitis B and help saves lives by having people get tested for this preventable and treatable disease.”

To be eligible to participate in the contest, individuals must be 18 years of age or have consent of legal guardianship and must physically live in the Greater Philadelphia region. Companies that are incorporated in the Greater Philadelphia region are also eligible. Within this contest, the Greater Philadelphia region is defined as the Pennsylvania counties of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery and Philadelphia.

Video submissions can be in any style or genre of film or video including, but not limited to, animation, drama, still art, imagery, comedy or documentary. Videos should be formatted as MPEG-4, 320×240 files. When submitting via traditional mail or hand-delivery, the files must be saved on DVD-R discs and delivered to the Hepatitis B Foundation at 3805 Old Easton Road, Doylestown, Pa. 18902. When submitting via large file transfer Web services, videos should be sent to PSAContest@hepb.org. All entries must be received on or before the deadlines for contest eligibility. To learn more, go to www.hepbfreephiladelphia.org/2012/hepbpsacontest or contact Hep B Free Philadelphia Program Manager Daniel Chen at Daniel.chen@hepb.org.

About Hep B Free Philadelphia: Hep B Free Philadelphia is a public awareness and education campaign that has been launched to address the growing severity of hepatitis B and liver cancer in the U.S. The primary goals of the Philadelphia campaign include raising the public profile of hepatitis B and liver cancer as an urgent health priority; increasing hepatitis B testing and vaccination rates, particularly among at-risk populations; and involving and mobilizing stakeholders and policy decision-makers to improve access to care for both the prevention and treatment of hepatitis B and liver cancer. To learn more, go to www.hepbfreephiladelphia.org .

About the Hepatitis B Foundation: The Hepatitis B Foundation is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to finding a cure for hepatitis B and improving the quality of life for those affected worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy. To learn more, go towww.hepb.org or call (215) 489-4900.

 

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The Day My World Stood Still

Copyright © 2011 Kitty L. Garrett

Imagine a world without someone you deeply cared for. There is a sense of emptiness, confusion and a pain so sharp it’s uncontrollable.  The realization  that your loved one not being able to enjoy life along side you has set in. Now, all the “What Ifs” are rapidly loose in your head. I knew a man his name was Nowak, creativity poured from his being. His confidence and wisdom was commendable. Yes, he taught me a lot; I learned so much and lost a valuable person the day he died.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 was the day my world stood still. Even though, Nowak was one of the most intriguing men I ever had the pleasure of knowing. He still battled tons of demons. This past year, those demons destroyed any mental stability Nowak had.

As a result, the lethal combinations of Alcohol Addiction and extreme Depression took his life. Before his passing, I saw this disease quickly take over his thinking. He was like family and I took action, several times I begged him to get medical attention. Nowak then, seeming to have a clear mind refused. As each day came and went the man I once knew was slipping away. With each “NO” my heart broke more. I sought out many city outlets to intervene, called law enforcement and cried out “Please, Help Save This Man’s Life!” Their hands were tied because he was still coherent and refusing to go to the hospital. They could not forcibly make him get medical treatment. Nowak was estranged from his family; the only person he depended on was me.

My last hope was another city agency. Keeping in prayer, I dialed the number. The organization gave immediate response, took my statement, signed off on legal documents, consulted with their supervisors and told me to “Re-Call 9-1-1 and give them these papers”. Rushed to make the call, within less than 10 minutes the paramedics was at Nowak’s house. They took him to the hospital. I felt relieved, he had a fighting chance at life or so I thought. I would go and visit him at the hospital. He seemed to be doing better and the doctors were doing everything possible to keep him alive. Sadly it wasn’t enough, Nowak survived for only 3 weeks after being registered into the hospital. The constant neglect of his body and health took a deadly toll.

It was than;  I realized just how horrific alcohol addiction is. The disease truly destroys a person from the inside out.  Until this day, I am puzzled not understanding why or how someone could stop wanting to live. Not wake up, embrace the sunshine, go beyond the darkest moments of life and keep fighting for survival. Especially knowing how much you mean to everyone in your life. How can one just give up! Even though, I couldn’t walk in Nowak’s shoes… I could still see and feel his anguish. But I prayed to God that he would go into rehabilitation and get sober, continue to fight for life. The day I was yearning for never came. He surrendered to his demons, the addiction and his depression. The world lost yet another great person to a treatable disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year about 75,000 lives will be lost due to alcohol. Alcohol abuse is the third leading “preventable cause” of death in the United States. We must unite and try to help those that fall victim to this terrible ailment.

Stop Alcohol Abuse... Help Save A Life

Yes, the reality is some people with this addiction say they don’t want help. But we must keep in mind; alcoholics do not have control over their mental state. They drink to escape reality, run from whatever haunts their lives and for some reason they feel that’s the only way to get through life. It’s not, nor will it ever be! Excessive alcohol use causes damage to a person’s brain function which often leads to extreme depression. Now, that person has an increased risk of suicidal thoughts. Alcohol abuse and depression, without medical help, will eat away at a person. So, we as family and friends must be that person’s rock and support system. Push to get them into treatment and help them with following through it’s a never-ending process to get and sustain sobriety.

Losing a man who meant so much to me has left a giant hole in my heart. Just thinking about the last days of Nowak’s life brings tears to my eyes. The only thing that comforts me is hoping that he is in a better place, surrounded by all those that have loved him in his physical life.

~ It was an honor to have known  such a unique man. May he rest in peace ~

* Informative websites that may help you or someone you love:

How to Help Someone With An Alcohol Addiction

http://www.livestrong.com/article/219089-how-to-help-someone-with-an-alcohol-addiction/#ixzz1U53Igx7O

12 Step Treatment Centers

http://www.12steptreatmentcentres.com/

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2011 in Life

 

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