Thursday, November 11, 2010
Lest we Forget
From a newsletter from Senator Bob Casey: "As we mark Veterans Day, it is not only a time to thank our veterans for their service, but to also acknowledge the debt we owe them for protecting us and preserving our freedom.
When young men and women are brought into their nation's service a promise is made. We promise each veteran that their sacrifice and that of their family will not be forgotten.
To those who have worn the uniform and served their country; their sacrifices must be remembered.
There are approximately 23 million living veterans from different generations and with different needs.
This sacrifice is also borne by the families of veterans – by the mothers and fathers and especially the spouses and children.
I hope that everyone will remember the service and sacrifice of our veterans this Veterans Day and every day of the year."
Also remember this is Awareness Month for Pulmonary Hypertension. Another battle, a different field.
Pulmonary Hypertension is a rare, life threatening, progressive and incurable disease of the lungs and heart. It occurs in individuals of all ages, races, and ethnic background; it is more common in young adults and is approximately twice as common in women as in men. This disease is often mis-diagnosed or under-diagnosed and again it can occur in any person, male or female from infant to senior citizen. It is not uncommon for a patient to visit 3 or 4 different doctors before an accurate diagnosis is made -- often losing a precious year, or more importantly, the deterioration for quality of life. Having this disease is a lifetime commitment for a patient and their doctor; with proper diagnosis and treatment, it is a doable disease for a time. Right now there are approximately 20K to 30K who are diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in the US and approximately 150K world wide.
Merle -- Always remember