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I Feel Your Pain: The Power of Witness in Group Support

Elisa Friedlander | Posted 04.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Elisa Friedlander

The gatherings continue to be an integral part of my pain management plan. It doesn't stop the hurting or help me regain mobility, but it's high on my list of things that renew me, which is a key element of the coping process. Few things compare to the power of witness.

6 Ways To Discover Our Value Beyond The World Of Work

Elisa Friedlander | Posted 04.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Elisa Friedlander

Work is not our identity; we are so much more. The personal qualities we brought to our jobs are what continue to make us whole and worthwhile. Put work aside for now and take a look inside yourself. You'll discover you never stopped being valuable.

Measuring My Son's Pain

Jim Moret | Posted 02.09.2017 | Healthy Living
Jim Moret

From the outside, and by most objective measures, Matthew appears healthy and strong. But nearly half of his 18 years have been spent in a private, personal hell. Matthew's struggle impacts our entire family but the emotional anguish which his mom, sisters, grandparents and I endure, can't come close to approximating the nerve pain he suffers.

A Pain That Few Know...

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 01.13.2017 | Impact
Bryan Cain-Jackson

As I sit here and prepare to tell you the story of a handful of our fellow friends and family members - the ones we may doubt or think are crazy, well...

Louisiana Charters Are by Far the Worst According to 2011 8th-Grade NAEP Anaysis

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 09.01.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On the 2011 NAEP in both math and reading, eight-grade students in Louisiana's traditional public schools outscored their charter-school counterparts by between two and three standard deviations.

New Orleans Recovery School District (RSD) Proponents Now Offer a Disclaimer

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.20.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Let's say that RSD high schools are graduating a lot more students in recent years than in the past. How is it, then, that so few of these RSD graduates qualify for the state tuition waiver to attend even the state's community colleges?

Release La.'s Class of 2014 ACT Scores

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

RSD student test results can no longer be dismissed as the residue of pre-Katrina education disappointment. That RSD new car smell is gone, John White.

Chronic Pain: A Blanket of Darkness

Jim Moret | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Jim Moret

I understand how people can become so desperate for relief that they will try just about anything. After all, when traditional avenues are all but exhausted, what choice does a patient really have? All our son wants is relief from his debilitating pain so he can enjoy the normal life of a teenager. Every day his mom and I pray that something will finally work so we can, at long last, lift the darkness and bring him back into the light.

CRPS: A Medical Mystery, Demystified

Jim Moret | Posted 02.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Jim Moret

Matthew describes the feeling like "a boa constrictor tightening around your foot while it is being stabbed with a knife from the inside and simultaneously set on fire." I have witnessed his agony firsthand, because Matthew is my son.

2013 Louisiana School Letter Grades: Recovery School District Gains Nothing

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On October 23, 2013, John White released the long-awaited, capriciously calculated 2013 Louisiana school performance scores (SPS) and letter grades. I...

Illness Is a Family Affiar

Jim Moret | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Moret

Watching our child suffer is a unique experience. In some ways it is more exquisite and difficult to deal with than if the pain were in our own bodies. It is horrible.

Our Child's Pain: A Sleeping Enemy Stirs

Jim Moret | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jim Moret

It's been nearly two years since our son's debilitating and excruciating pain in his left foot was first diagnosed as CRPS, Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, also known as RSD, Reflexive Sympathetic Dystrophy.