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Chris Dewald: Colon cancer for caregivers

Hello, my friends. This is a difficult subject as I had written about my own dealings with cancer.


Chris Dewald: Acupuncture

Hello my friends. I wrote about acupuncture in this newspaper in May 2009. This time I underwent this Chinese medical technique and I shall start to advise you of the reasons.


Chris Dewald: The Oil Lamp

We all do tender a lamp sometimes of brass filled with oil. In years gone past the whale of the sea were made to boil.


Chris DeWald: Self-defense for people with disabilities

As people with disabilities, we overcome many challenges on a day-to-day basis. We want to focus this inherent will and courage to resist being victimized


Chris DeWald: Strokes and vision

Long time, no see to my welcome readers. Some medical conditions that caused our strokes can slowly start diminishing our eyesight. I am again your prime example.  The reason for my strokes was severe cerebral arteriosclerosis. According to www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_arteriosclerosis/cerebral_arteriosclerosis.htm, cerebral arteriosclerosis is the result of thickening and hardening of the walls of the arteries in […]


Chris DeWald: Psychopharmacologic management and stroke survivors

An article was posted on AFP on Oct. 16 in regards to my travels down the road with medications. This is a followup and what has happened since this date. What is this article about? The first word looks too large and complicated to want to read any further. Getting your medications correct for your […]


Chris DeWald: Strokes and friendships

So many items around you when you have your first stroke go astray.  Besides physical inabilities to conquer, you have to face true friendships and future friendships.  What did I just say?  When I had my strokes in May 2006, I discovered that people I thought were my friends distanced themselves from me.  From what […]


Chris DeWald: Strokes/neuropsychological evaluations

As always, I have something happening to me.  This results in having  information for you.  From my last article, I left you with the next step in my fight with severe vascular disease.  This test was designed to reveal my strengths as well as my weaknesses.  You may be scheduled for one and not know […]


Chris DeWald: Strokes, vision and cerebral vascular disease

My world is turning out information for you as if you are going upstream with no motor.  I figured not saying paddle as most have only one good working hand.  First, what is cerebral vascular disease? According to http://www.vasculardiseasesymptoms.com/cerebral.html: Cerebral vascular disease refers to the brain abnormalities caused by diseases of the blood vessels that […]


Chris DeWald: Stroke and emotional changes

Hello, my friends and also my religious enemies. What a way to start an article besides with friends. Seems I made some religious enemies from my article on melanoma, and my immediate reaction was not favorable. That shall be revealed later, but is relevant to how we as stroke survivors deal with complex emotions. According […]


Chris DeWald: Recurring strokes

It is so good to be back to writing articles. Nothing had happened to me to write about until April of this year. I had not been feeling well for about three months leading to April 2011. My blood pressure was out of control in elevation and also in sudden drops. It was necessary for me […]


Chris DeWald: Stroke deficits – the gifts that keep on giving and giving and giving

Hello, again. I am going to introduce you to another stroke survivor. I feel another voice would be beneficial to survivors and also caregivers. Donna was the first stroke survivor I had met online that was a base of information for survivors and caregivers on strokes. Not from doctors, but from someone who shared your […]


Chris DeWald: Stroke/heart stress test

Hello, readers. This is another adventure in my world that allows me to share information to you. I am going to be utilizing information from this website and tell you about “my time” and how fortunate we have such a great staff at Augusta Health: www.nvcardiology.com/nuclear_imaging.htm. Now, how did I end up doing this test? […]


Chris DeWald: Stroke-severe arteriosclerosis, Part II

It has been three weeks since I have been taking an old medication called pentoxifylline. My first article about this subject centered on me and what was happening to my body as a result of this disease. To recall some first concerns as to why I do not go the route of surgery is important. […]


Chris DeWald: Stroke, severe arteriosclerosis, possible assistance

Good day to the readers of my articles. Follow me on another adventure with a possible solution for those with low or no blood flows in the cerebral area. No blood flows or wisps of blood contain little oxygen for the brain to remain active for long periods of time. This is me. I have […]


Chris DeWald: Stroke-cerebral arteriosclerosis-part two

I am wearing down from this diagnosis. I would like to describe what is happening to me through my thoughts. I wrote an article about this disease that is also called hardening of the arteries. It is a diseas that is progressive, and it is keeping pace where I read the symptoms in a book. […]


Chris DeWald: Diabetic test strip recall

Hello, readers. Many of us depend on using diabetic sugar numbers for keeping us healthy. Before I go further about diabetes, let me inform you of a product recall. I just received this today – Jan. 3, 2011. It is from Abbott Diabetes Care in Alameda, Calif. Here are the test strips’ names: MediSense Optium […]


Chris DeWald: Stroke and recent health-care inserts

I have had enough of hearing about death panels for the elderly and the sickly in the new health-care law. There is so much to try and understand. Each political organization has a different take in the outcome of this legislation. I believed it was removed, but it made headlines again during Christmas. Gee, how […]


Chris DeWald: Stroke and cerebral arteriosclerosis

Hello, readers, and the best to all of you. Most of this article is based on my inside look on this disease. Let us break this down. A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body) or a blood […]


Chris DeWald: Urology/enlarged prostate

In past issues, we have been leading on my yellow (no pun) brick road to ascertain why I had hematuria (blood in the urine). A urologist commented on the previous article, and please listen to his note. I shall add that a man after the age of 40 should get his prostate checked every year. […]


Chris DeWald: Hematuria/urology

Hello, friends and neighbors. This is the final part of the three-part series on hematuria and your urologist. First, who or what is a urologist? A urologist is a physician who has specialized knowledge and skill regarding problems of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Because of the variety of […]


Chris Dewald: Hematuria/CAT scan

This is part two on a continued series when faced with blood in the urine. I was then prescribed to take a more intensive exam under a CT instrument, also known as CAT or computerized axial tomography. According to radiologyinfo.org, CT scanning—sometimes called CAT scanning—is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat […]


Chris DeWald: Hematuria

Welcome to my world and join me on another adventure and educational trip. Hello, readers, and those in the need to know. I have been feeling poor lately with various symptoms that first led to my brain stem stroke. My most recent MRI revealed that my basilar and vertebral artery are void of flow. So […]


Chris DeWald: Hearing loss with strokes

Hello, readers. I had a wonderful adventure the other day, and I thought I would share it. According to the American Heart Association, stroke can affect people in different ways. It depends on the type of stroke, the area of the brain affected and the extent of the brain injury. Brain injury from a stroke […]


Chris DeWald: Skin cancer

Column by Chris DeWald Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   It has been a while since I have written or submitted a post. I shall touch on a serious matter that might affect us all and more with those with light skin. In the past, I have had skin cancerous cells removed, and just had a […]


Chris DeWald: Ketones

Column by Chris DeWald Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   I had the wonderful experience of being the research rat for ketones last night. This reminds me of the Keystone Cops with the Keystone Cops being your blood glucose meter. According to http://diabetes.webmd.com/ketones-14241, ketone test checks for ketone in your blood or urine. Ketones are substances […]


Chris DeWald: Dealing with grief

Column by Chris DeWald Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   Grief may be triggered by the death of a loved one. People also can experience grief if they have an illness for which there is no cure, or a chronic condition that affects their quality of life. The end of a significant relationship may also cause […]