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Red Deer Students Help Alix Teen With Lukemia

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By Sheldon Spackman

Two young Red Deer sisters were joined by their classmates at Ecole Oriole Park Elementary School last week to help raise money for one of their family friends diagnosed with lukemia in January of this year.

Blake Henry, the oldest of four siblings, is 13 years old and lives in Alix, Alberta. His mother Marcy has been friends with Andrea Caraca-Hart of Red Deer for many years and her daughter’s Sophia (11) and Olivia (9) are now good friends of Blake’s. Caraca-Hart says her daughter’s wanted to do something that might help Blake’s family get through the next three and a half years of treatments that lie ahead. So the girls held a cookie sale at Oriole Park school which was fully supported by the students and the School’s Principal, Colette Pedde. Over 300 cookies were sold with over $200 raised for the Henry family.

Caraca-Hart says “Blake is a very strong, smart, capable young man; a farm boy! Very helpful around the farm and other than this has always been very healthy.” She says “so far Blake has been hitting his milestones and proceeding with his treatment as scheduled.” Adding, ” The Henry family’s, friends and community have been amazing with the amount of support and love pouring in.”

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Laura’s story: I Feel So Much Better

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Health issues surfaced in the summer of 2020 for Laura. She had chest pain often and ended up in emergency a few times. She did have a small cardiac event in July. Her blood sugars were very high and all over the map during this time. Her blood pressure was also way too high.  She knew her weight was an issue to her health.  She had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes a few years before this but had not tested her sugars for most of that time. All in all, this was a scary time for her.

Her doctor sent a referral to the Family Nurse in the clinic. He helped her to change her medication to less but more focused to her present condition. She found the nurse very positive, encouraging and available to meet her needs. Talking to the nurse regularly kept her accountable. She now enjoys smaller portions or healthier foods. Although it took some extra encouragement from the nurse, she now exercises on her treadmill regularly and is actually enjoying it. She no longer feels winded when she walks. She has lost 34 pounds; her blood pressure and blood sugars are both the normal range.  Laura says she used to feel like she could just drop but now actually feels energetic and less irritable. The other positive benefit of living healthier is that her self-esteem is way up! Laura still has weight to lose but feeling so much better is great motivation to continue this healthy journey.

To learn more about the RDPCN programs, visit www.reddeerpcn.com

Grant’s story: Amazing Improvement with Hard Work & Support

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Grant’s story: Amazing Improvement with Hard Work & Support

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Grant was in his mid-fifties – maybe a bit overweight but with no other cardiovascular risk factors. However, a stroke hit and hit hard. His right side was very compromised, he had little use of his hands, he was unable to walk or lift his right arm. He was hospitalized in Red Deer for 4 months and then went to the Centennial Centre in Ponoka for rehab for 6 months. His doctor had told him that he would be bound to a wheelchair for the rest of his life and would never walk again or be able to recover from this stroke. This made Grant angry as he didn’t want this prognosis.

Since that time, he has put a lot of work and effort into getting better. The physios and rehab team helped him make progress, but he kept asking them how he could get more training. They were able to refer him to Recreation Therapy at RDPCN. His therapist arranged to work with him at the Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre three times per week. He is doing a lot better now. He can walk with a cane and he can lift 30 pounds on the machines at the gym. He can now clap hands. He has gained strength and control, his gait has improved along with his endurance, and he has an increased range of motion and strength in his upper extremities. He can now do many more tasks of daily living such as carry groceries, cook and barbeque.

Grant states that his doctor can’t believe his progress. Other people he knows have said very similar things. Working with the Rec Therapist has been very encouraging and supportive. The Rec Therapist has really helped me to stay motivated. Having a plan for myself also helps the attendants at the Gary Harris Centre to work with me to move forward. I have highly recommended this program to others I know who have had a stroke.

My work is not done but I am proud of the progress I have made and thankful for everything I can do for myself.

To learn more about the RDPCN programs, visit www.reddeerpcn.com

Gordon: The Street Clinic Really Helped Me

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