“When I was in the operating room before my liver transplant surgery, my team of doctors told me that I was quite healthy except for being in liver failure,” says liver recipient Debbie Pinjuv. “It seemed like an odd statement to me then, but now I understand what my doctors were saying. My other organs were still functioning, and I didn’t have a lot of additional medical problems. The thing that kept me strong and helped me survive the seven year wait on the UNOS National Transplant List was the exercise I did throughout my illness.” (more…)
“It’s not about me. It’s about giving back to the community,” says Healing Moves Foundation member Justin Nielsen. “I want to help people be the best they can be.”
Justin has always been passionate about the power of exercise. After suffering from a sports injury which hurt his spine, he devoted much of his time learning about healing the body. He became a personal trainer, helping his clients achieve their fitness goals.
In 2002, a car accident re-injured Justin’s spine causing him to seek pain relief from doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors and other health specialists.
Justin finally found relief and healing when he looked within his own body, mind and spirit. He lived with a monk and trained six times a week, 4 – 6 hours a day in the healing art of Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Sword and Still Meditation. (more…)
Patrick Ivison, a senior at Scripps High School in San Diego, was just 14-months-old when he was run over by a stranger’s car while walking with his mom, Jennifer Kayler. The September 1995 accident left Ivison with a spinal cord injury so severe he was paralyzed from the waist down.
After six weeks in the hospital, Ivison was sent home in a wheelchair. The family’s life was changed forever, but they kept their spirits high.
“I was just grateful. I was grateful he was with me,” Kayler told local ABC affiliate ABC10. “I was grateful that I get to hear him laugh and the fact that he was going to be in a wheelchair didn’t matter.” (more…)
Governor Brian Sandoval and the State of Nevada have teamed up with the Healing Moves Foundation and the American College of Sports Medicine to celebrate May 2012 as Exercise is Medicine™ Month. Governor Sandoval signed the proclamation calling on health care organizations, physicians, and other professionals, regardless of specialty, to access, to advocate for, and to review every patient’s physical activity program during each comprehensive visit.
We are currently facing an “inactivity epidemic”. The Exercise is Medicine™ initiative is committed to the belief that exercise and physical activity are integral to the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and should be regularly assessed as part of medical care.
We are so proud to feature Healing Moves member Lisa Everett-Bridgewater. Lisa’s warm and caring personality, along with her extensive expertise in rehabilitative exercise, provides clients with the nurturing environment needed to restore and maintain health. After Lisa’s yoga classes you will always hear remarks such as, “I feel so much better.” “Lisa is like a breath of fresh air.”
Lisa has always had a passion to help others live a full and productive life, focusing on the healing power of movement. Lisa has been a licensed physical therapist since 1981, working with clients at all stages of life, in a variety of rehabilitation settings. (more…)
We want to build a better world for patients with rare diseases! ”Solidarity” is this year’s theme stressing the importance and need for collaboration as well as mutual support in the field of rare diseases.February 29, 2012 marks the fifth international Rare Disease Day. On this day hundreds of patient organizations from more than 50 countries worldwide are organizing awareness-raising activities converging around the slogan “Rare but strong together”.
Rare diseases are life-threatening or chronically debilitating illnesses. Due to the low prevalence of each disease, medical experts are rare, knowledge is scarce, care offering inadequate, and research is limited. Very few cures exist. While the diseases are rare, collectively they affect more than 60 million people in the U.S. and Europe alone. Despite their great overall number, rare disease patients are the orphans of health systems which are often denied diagnosis, treatment and the benefits of research. (more…)