Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Crowd

The Crowd

When I was thrown out with my service dog,
The crowd stood around and didn't say a word.
When I was manhandled by TSA in a wheelchair,
The crowd stood around and didn't say a word.
When I was ridiculed for being too slow in the check out,
The crowd was inpatient and would sometimes be mean and shout.
When I would drop my tray while doing my best to eat alone,
The crowd let me know I was very alone and left me on my own.
When I saw injustices I tried my very best to intervene,
The crowd just stood around and it was hard for me not to scream!
When I was fighting injustices that hurt my heart and soul,
The crowd could never see fit to help me accomplish my goals.
When I needed the crowd to step up and help me out,
The crowd could have done something and didn't so I did without.
If one in the crowd needs help "we the people" should all be willing to give out a shout!

Debbie Wilson





This New Breakthough Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function


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A team of Australian researchers are using a non-invasive ultrasound technology to assist in removing toxic plaque and lesions from nerve cells commonly associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.  
If you are one of the many millions of people who have witnessed the degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s disease, then you likely know how heartbreaking it is to see a loved one’s quality of life dissipate in what seems like an instant.
For years, scientists have worked diligently to find a counteractive treatment for the common neuro-degenerative disease, but mostly with no successful avail. Thankfully, however, this might all be about to change.
A team of researchers from the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at the University of Queensland have found success in reversing the processes that are commonly associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. Their findings were published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
From what we currently understand, a person’s Alzheimer’s disease is usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions – amyloid plaques, and neurofibrillary tangles. Amyloid plaques sit between the neurons and end up as dense clusters of beta-amyloid molecules, a sticky type of protein that clumps together and forms plaques.
Neurofibrillary tangles are found inside the neurons of the brain, and they’re caused by defective tau proteins that clump up into a thick, insoluble mass. This causes tiny filaments called microtubules to get all twisted, which disrupts the transportation of essential materials such as nutrients and organelles along them, sort of like when you twist up the vacuum cleaner tube.
The team’s technique uses a particular type of ultrasound called a focused therapeutic ultrasound, which non-invasively beams sound waves into the brain tissue. By oscillating super-fast, these sound waves are able to gently open up the blood-brain barrier, which is a layer that protects the brain against bacteria, and stimulate the brain’s microglial cells to activate. 
Microglila cells are basically waste-removal cells, so they’re able to clear out the toxic beta-amyloid clumps that are responsible for the most severe symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
Remarkably, the team reports a 75% success rate in fully restoring memory function for the rats they tested the treatment on. Even better is the fact that there was no brain damage to surrounding tissues. 
They found that the treated mice displayed improved performance in three memory tasks – a maze, a test to get them to recognize new objects, and one to get them to remember the places they should avoid.
We’re extremely excited by this innovation of treating Alzheimer’s without using drug therapeutics,” one of the team, Jürgen Götz, said in a press release. “The word ‘breakthrough’ is often misused, but in this case I think this really does fundamentally change our understanding of how to treat this disease, and I foresee a great future for this approach.”
The team says they’re planning on starting trials with higher animal models, such as sheep, and hope to get their human trials underway in 2017.
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Untreated Alzheimer’s mouse (left) and treated with ultrasound (right)
This type of success rate could spell big things for Alzheimer’s treatment. What implications would this have for people suffering from the disease? Could this potentially lead to increased life spans and extended brain capacity and function for the elderly population? These questions and more will continue to be explored with further research, stay tuned for more updates as they come.
What are your thoughts on this news? Share with us in the comment section below!
Source:
http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/04/20/this-new-breakthough-alzheimers-treatment-fully-restores-memory-function/

Monday, April 20, 2015

I Just Wanted to Live

I did not hurt a soul,
I was guided to reach my goal.
I just wanted to live,
When I did I just wanted to help give.
I started a medical cannabis trial five years ago.
Without medical cannabis my ability to live was a no.
I did not hurt a soul,
I just needed to reach my goal.
I lost many friends and loved ones along my way,
I just realize with health issues we do what it takes to stay.
I wanted to live seizure free,
I wanted to again feel like me!
I did not hurt a soul,
I just needed to reach my goal.

Debbie Wilson



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Losing and Gaining Memory

Dear friends, I have dealt with three types of memory loss always, and most of you will probably recognize at least one area you are struggling with. I deal with severe long term, severe short term, and many blocks of time with retrograde amnesia. Retrograde amnesia is when we miss whole blocks of time, like a few years, yet retain all the rest of our memory. Short term memory can best be compensated with a "note to self" every single time you need to remember anything for awile......you will be the first to know when the notes are no longer necessary! As far as short term memory loss, the memory "brain games" helped me personally the most. As far as the long term memory, I keep pictures of my loved ones displayed and have my caregiver answer questions, as I have questions and try to connect the dots of the missing parts of my life. The retrograde amnesia and the long term memory problems can be greatly helped with what is called "learned memory". Learned memory is when we cannot remember ANYTHING, and someone else has to fill in the memories, as we take notes to later memorize and learn!  After studying the notes for a year of time I could not tell the difference in "real memory" or the memory I had relearned and memorized only!

Debbie Wilson

I Was Lost

I was lost,
I wasn't sure I'd ever be found.
I sure resented the cost,
I felt like I struggled very hard just not to drown.
I knew I deserved to have my loved ones stick around.
I felt like I was just kind of tossed,
I knew it was because my head had pounded the ground.
I was once lost,
I was finally found.
I no longer resent the cost,
I know my head pounded the ground.
I am so very thankful I was able to stick around.
I learned brain injury survivors can truely astound.
I am enjoying this time of growth and finally rebound.
I am so thankful I was able to find the faith and courage to stick around.

Debbie Wilson



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Precious Moments

Precious Moments

Precious moments could be spent on our life climb,
Precious moments could be spent having loads of fun.
Precious moments could be spent on a money and power run.
Precious moments could be spent unselfishly helping someone.
Precious moments could be spent freely offering your valuable time.
Precious moments could be spent helping others with their climb,
Precious moments can be spent helping others get their things done.
Precious moments can be spent living and enjoying your own time.
Precious moments can be spent helping to ease another's burden.
Precious moments can be spent sharing of ourselves just now and then,
Precious moments can be spent every single day and that is how humanity wins.

Debbie Wilson




Saturday, February 28, 2015

We Only Thought We Were Alone

We thought we were alone.
We did not know how to contact a fellow survivor on the phone.
We noticed many family and friends seemed to no longer care.
We noticed from the very beginning this brain injury wasn't fair.
We have since learned we are not alone.
We have heard many others also lose, moan and groan.
We are learning to be thankful we don't each have a headstone.
We are learning how to go forward with our brain repair.
We are working hard not to give in to frustration or despair.
We were all thrown into a very scary world of the unknown.
We all felt like we were hit be a very destructive cyclone.
We are realizing we don't have to live alone in solitaire.
We are realizing there are survivors everywhere.
We only thought we were alone.

Debbie Wilson