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Keeping it Together

More about Second Opinions–Sometimes, They Are Necessary!

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in General, Keeping it Together | 0 comments

Some seek them for insurance reasons, some for personal reasons, but at times getting a second opinion is the only way to truly find out the problem and the necessary treatment. Some doctors may become insulted about this, but remember it is YOUR life and it is important to be certain that no mistakes are being made with your treatment plan. It may cause confusion and beg the question, “who is your real doctor,” but in the end, you are the one in charge and the one searching for the correct diagnosis...

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Second Opinions

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in As a Child, General, Hospital Experiences, Keeping it Together | 0 comments

I have vivid childhood memories of being carted from doctor to doctor in order to get a second (and third) opinion. When a child, or anyone for that matter, is diagnosed with something serious, it is only natural to hope the diagnosis could be wrong. After you get past that feeling, reality sinks in, and you come to realize that life is going to change, getting another opinion is not only important but at times necessary. Different doctors sometimes see different things and have other ways to tackle the problem...

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Finding the Right Medical Personnel

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in General, Hospital Experiences, Keeping it Together | 0 comments

It is one thing to like your doctor, but it has to be a complete fit. The entire medical staff is truly just as important as the individual doctor. We all want to trust and like the people we go to for anything from a bump or bruise to major surgery and treatments. Recommendations from friends and other healthcare providers are the main way to find new doctors. You want to have a good feeling about the office and staff from the moment you walk through the door. You can read about them in advance to find out...

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A Sincere Thanks

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in General, Keeping it Together | 0 comments

A Sincere Thanks

I would like to personally thank all of those volunteers who help the Alesia Shute Foundation come to life. I try to make whatever we do fun for everyone, although it is work. I always remember that each and every one of you are helping out of the kindness of your hearts and taking time out of your very busy schedules to help make all that we do a success. From the volunteers who do so much behind the scenes to the front line people, THANK YOU!!! I know you know that I appreciate all you give but I wanted to share...

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How You can make a difference

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Fundraising Efforts, General, Keeping it Together | 0 comments

How You can make a difference

When we gift out books to families or when we visit places and chat with people who are going through terrible times, I know when we leave or when they contact me after they read my story that all the work we do with my foundation does “make a difference.” When I begin to work on and complete my Evening of Inspiration each year and realize that we have raised enough money not only to gift hundreds of copies of my books but can gift a substantial donation to CHOP, I lay my head down at night a know...

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It’s Not What You Do – It’s Why You Do It

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in General, Hospital Experiences, Keeping it Together | 0 comments

It’s Not What You Do – It’s Why You Do It

Visting the Ronald McDonald Houses, going to Gildas Club to deliver books, meeting families – why do I do it? It is not just about raising money for charity. Although when I send my checks to CHOP to help make hospital stays more comfortable for the familes, it does give me great pride and pleasure to do so. The other side of what I do – visiting families, listening, smiling with them, cooking them dinner, and helping to serve them keeps me grounded. It reminds me I am only, or shall I say we are...

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