Puppy Love

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Puppy Love (how service dogs can be trained to help people)

by Annette K.

The day after Valentine’s Day 2020 a cute little dog was born in a litter of four, her color was fawn or blonde, and we fell in love with her and named her Piper, little did we know that on April 28th, 2020, I would have emergency surgery for a glioblastoma grade 4 tumor. After surgery, it was found I had a vision deficit on my left side, so my husband, David and I discussed having Piper trained to be my service dog. At that time, we did not know what we needed to do so we began to look at the requirements for someone to have a service dog and how to have them trained

For a person to qualify for a service dog Several conditions apply including difficulty seeing, difficulty hearing, and troubles being ambulatory. Service dogs are often buddies to people in wheelchairs. Service dogs are very helpful alerting others to their owners’ distress, such as seizures after traumatic brain injuries or diabetic attacks.  Service dogs for certain psychological issues can be very helpful with PTSD and panic attacks for many disabled people.

For more info and a complete list please go to the website for the Americans for with Disabilities Act:

“Being disabled isn’t enough, many disabled people have pets. It’s the level of training and specific tasks or work a dog is trained to perform for the handler that directly mitigate their disability that makes a dog a Service Dog.”

In order to train your dog, you will need to go to a certified service dog trainer. As much as you would like, you cannot train your furry friend to be your service dog. Once you know you have a qualifying condition, you will need to have your dog pass a citizens safety test and then they can be trained. Service dogs can be any breed or size, but the most common breeds are retrievers and shepherds. Once trained, your dog could wear a vest but is not required to and just because you see a vest does not make it a service dog.  With all of this information our search is still underway because finding a good, certified trainer can take time, but Piper knows she is here to help me.

One example of a well-trained service dog is River, he is a black lab who was trained at an early age to aid veterans, River aids Fred who is a Vietnam vet. He has hearing difficulties from the war and now has a cochlear implant. Fred also suffers from PTSD panic attacks so when this happens River can go with Fred and help. He also alerts Fred’s wife who may be asleep and not know what is going on. 

“River is love in action nothing can sway her from making sure her Daddy is okay except for a squirrel running past”

Below is original artwork of River by Fred:

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Caregiver of The Quarter

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By Karl K.

Gay was born and lived most of her life in Roanoke, Virginia. She met her husband 28 years ago. Both are caregivers in the rehab sections in the Heart Hospital in Baylor in Plano. Her son is 24 years old and serves in the Marines as a pilot. Her daughter, Livia is now 22. Gay went to college in Roanoke, at Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

As a couple, they were interested in music, by singing in their church choir, and in a band called “Blackwater.” They have traveled extensively throughout the world, including Italy, Paris, England, Mexico, Switzerland, and Costa Rita. Their favorite place to go is skiing in Colorado. They are both fans of NETFLIX and have finished several series. She is active in women’s Bible study each Tuesday morning. Gay walks every day, regardless of the weather. In this interview, she walked in 19 degrees in ice and snow! They like all kinds of foods, especially those that are rare or unusual.

The typical day for Gay has changed, now because Livia lives in a home with two young women, called Becka’s House in Plano. She remembers the brain aneurysm that Livia experienced when she was 18. She went to the gym, and felt badly, so she was taken into the ER, where she stayed for six months. Livia worked hard in physical therapy, and while she cannot drive yet, she is able to do much more every day that she tries.

She notes that BIND has meant everything to her and the family. What is particularly important is Livia’s opportunity to socialize with the members. In BIND, she has been active in the kitchen and art activities.

We are so grateful to have Gay as part of our Caregivers Group!

Gay (Gaythlene) Lione
(NOTE: It has been a great privilege and honor to write the Spotlight Column for our Caregivers Group each quarter! It has been wonderful to learn about these great people who do so much for others inside and outside BIND. As we continue to transition our focus after the pandemic, I will miss doing this, but it is time for others to have the chance to write these columns in the future. I want to thank Diana for the opportunity to work with her since the group has resumed its work. Karl K)

In Memory of Maria

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On January 3, 2022, Maria Diaz passed away peacefully in the evening after a brief battle with cancer. Her love will be remembered by her husband and three children, as well as numerous other family members and friends. 

The BIND family will hold memories of her closely during this time of grieving. Maria’s daughter Diana has been an employee at BIND for three years and served as a volunteer for the organization for several years prior to her employment. Maria ultimately joined the BIND family as a volunteer with the Nueva Vida group and quickly became a cherished member of our dedicated volunteer team. She will be fondly remembered as a compassionate, kind, patient, supportive and cheerful addition to the program at BIND.

Please let us know in the comments area of the donation form that your gift is in honor of Maria. Contributions made by check can be mailed to BIND, 1416 Gables Court, Plano Tx 75078 c/o Maria Diaz Memorial 

Our program members and volunteers have submitted the following dedications in her memory: 


– Tuve el gusto de trabajar con ella corrigiendo mi historia q escribí para el libro de Nueva Vida, también fui la última persona que caminamos juntos en Richarson, porque de ahí fue que enfermo, fue una gran Amiga, siempre nos apoyaba en todo, Dios la tenga en su Santa Gloria.

– I had the pleasure of working with her correcting my story that I wrote for the New Life book. I was also the last person that walked with her together in Richardson because then she was sick. She was a great friend. She always supported us in everything. God keep her in your Holy Glory.


– La primera vez que conocí a la Sra. Mary percibí su gran Corazón y espíritu dador. No solo era voluntaria en BIND, sino amiga de todos. Su bondad y entrega sobresalía cada vez que el grupo de Nueva vida se reunía, siempre tenia algo que dar. La última vez que la vimos le regaló a mi hija unas plantas. Te recordaremos cada vez que las reguemos. Mujer dadora, mujer de luz. Siempre estarás en nuestros corazones. Descansa. Descansa Descansa en paz. 

– The first time I met Mrs. Maria I sensed her great heart and giving spirit. She was not only a volunteer at BIND, but a friend to everyone. Her kindness and dedication stood out every time the Nueva Vida group met, she always had something to give. The last time we saw her she gave my daughter some plants. We will remember you every time we water them. Giving woman, woman of light. You will always be in our hearts. Rest. Rest. Rest in peace

Dr. Belen

– Es y será siempre la madrina de Nueva Vida. Ella hizo que cada uno de nosotros se sintiera digno y valioso. Siempre tenía algún dulce o comida para compartir y nos recibió a todos amorosamente en su casa con una alegría infecciosa.  Ella nos amaba profundamente y su amor siempre se sentirá.

– She is and will always be the godmother of Nueva Vida. She made each of us feel worthy and valuable. She always had some candy or food to share and she lovingly welcomed us all into her home with infectious joy. She loved us deeply and her love will always be felt.


– Some people are angels on earth to show us the way of love, patience and acceptance. Maria opened her heart and home to everyone as though we were all family. She will always be a beacon of love for those of us lucky enough to know her.


– Mi mas sentido pesame para la familia Diaz los acompañamos en su dolor que Dios les de fortaleza estamos con usted Sigy descanse en paz Sra.Maria.

– My deepest condolences to the Diaz family, we accompany them in their pain, may God give them strength, we are with you, Sigi, rest in peace, Mrs. Maria.


– María will always will be the cheerleader for Nueva Vida. Her energy always lightened the day. She welcomed all of us to her home and being a key for Nueva Vida to be family. We miss you Maria


– I was blessed to have known Maria, even for a short time. Her kind and giving nature shined through in her laugh and her time as a volunteer at BIND, her smile, her love for her family was evident when she shared stories about them. Her memory will live on in all of our hearts for many years. Thank you Maria for touching all of us at BIND 


Maria Inez Diaz of Plano, Texas passed away January 3, 2022 at the age of 68.  She was born on January 21, 1953 to Santiago Reyes and Maria Del Carmen Suarez in Montemorelos, Nuevo León Mexico.  Maria attended Escuela Normal Superior Serafin Peña in Montemorelos Nuevo León.  She also received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.  Maria married Sigifredo Diaz on December 27, 1976 in Elsa, Texas.  She worked as a teacher in Mexico for four years.  Maria continued her teaching career in the Lubbock Independent School District and the Richardson Independent School District, retiring in 2013 after many wonderful years of dedicated service.  She was a member of SVDP, Church Lector, and BIND, Brain Injury Network of Dallas Volunteer.  Maria was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Marks The Evangelist Catholic Church in Plano, Texas. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.  Maria will be missed dearly by those who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 45 years, Sigifredo Diaz of Plano, Texas; daughter, Diana Elizabeth Diaz and Frank Bedoya of Richardson, Texas; son, Roberto Carlos Diaz of Allen, Texas; daughter, Bianca Diaz Castillo and Joe Castillo of Lubbock, Texas; granddaughter, Kaitlin Geronimo of Omaha, Nebraska; grandson, Cristian Bedoya of Richardson, Texas; granddaughter, Mila Castillo of Lubbock, Texas; sisters, Paula Reyes, Maria Del Carmen Reyes, and Claudia Reyes; brothers, Guadalupe Reyes and Javier Reyes, all of Montemorelos, Nuevo León Mexico; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Maria was preceded in death by her father, Santiago Reyes; mother, Maria Del Carmen Suarez; brothers, Jorge Reyes, Santiago Reyes, Jr., and Jesus Reyes; and sister, Maria Luisa Gutierrez, all of Montemorelos, Nuevo León Mexico.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 10, 2022 at St. Mark The Evangelist Catholic Church, 1201 Alma Drive, Plano, Texas 75075.  Facemasks will be required and available to friends and family who wish to attend in person. Following the service, a procession will make its way to Ridgeview Memorial Park, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013.  For a committal service the family will receive family and friends during a visitation on Sunday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013.  A rosary service will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Virtual attendance will be via Zoom.  Zoom ID 833 455 53505, PW:  NOVENA.  

In an effort to mitigate the risk of COVID, please consider joining us via ZOOM for the rosary and burial. A YouTube link will be provided for the funeral mass as well. 

The family requests memorial contributions may be made in Maria’s honor to BIND: Brain Injury Network of Dallas. 

Welcoming 2022

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Let’s join together to welcome 2022 alongside our new Executive Director, Brian White! Brian joins us in this new capacity after serving generously as a program volunteer and an officer on our Board of Directors. He is also our 2021 Goodman Award recipient. 

About Brian: Brian White, MRC, LPC, CRC – Following a 20+ year career in Information Technology Brian earned a BA degree in Psychology and 2 Masters degrees in Sport Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of North Texas and UT Southwestern School of Health Professionals, respectively. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in sub-acute neuro-rehab and he has a private practice in the Frisco/McKinney area. Brian has owned 2 other companies in the DFW area and has served as a volunteer with many charitable organizations. Brian has served as a program volunteer, the Treasurer of the Board of Directors and the President of the Board of Directors for BIND. He has been married for 25+ years to his wife Kelly and they have 3 Rhodesian Ridgeback rescue dogs. Together they enjoy traveling and remodeling.

Beginning in February 2022, Brian can be reached by phone or email, listed below. 

855-769-2463 Ext 705

Moody Foundation Supports BIND

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December 7, 2021 – BIND: Brain Injury Network of Dallas, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation based in Plano, Texas, is excited to announce a grant award of $130,000 from The Moody Foundation to provide assistance in reconnecting adult survivors of brain injury with their community, family and careers through the Brain Injury Clubhouse.  

About The Moody Foundation – For more than 75 years, the Moody Foundation has funded projects and programs that better communities in our great state of Texas. As a family, their stories have fueled our mission and our grantees continue to inspire us across the arts, education, environment, health, and social services. The Moody Foundation strengthens the future of Texas by investing in charitable projects that exhibit innovative ideas and make long-term improvement in our communities. 

About the BIND Clubhouse – The Brain Injury Network of Dallas is a community center for people living with the effects of an acquired brain injury including stroke, traumatic brain injury or brain cancer. The BIND Mission is to provide tools and a bridge of support to adult survivors of acquired brain injury so they can reconnect to work, life and the community. BIND operates the first and only Brain Injury Clubhouse in the state of Texas, which is its primary tool used to serve survivors. The BIND headquarters is in Plano, Texas, and in 2022, BIND will open a second location in Fort Worth, Texas. BIND is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. 

At BIND, staff and program participants, called Members, work together to run all aspects of the program. The core of the model is an emphasis on empowerment and person-centered programming – allowing each brain injury survivor to regain a sense of control by choosing how they interact with and engage in a work-ordered day. Members manage Clubhouse daily activities, gain work skills and address appropriate social behaviors by working collaboratively with staff, interns, and volunteers on all program tasks. Through this productive and meaningful work, Members build physical and cognitive endurance, increase self-esteem and develop skills necessary to live more independently. For all of its Members, BIND offers the Clubhouse Program, Peer Mentoring, the Work Readiness Program, Spanish-Speaking Services, and Caregiver Support. The BIND Clubhouse Program, including in-person and virtual services, inspires hope for continued brain healing, restores a sense of purpose, improves the quality of life, and reconnects brain injury survivors to the community. 

BIND is a proud member of IBICA: International Brain Injury Clubhouse Alliance, TCC: Texas Clubhouse Coalition, and the Plano Chamber of Commerce.  

BIND Membership – BIND Members are a diverse group of individuals of varied race, gender, education, income, age, and ability. 70% of Members are physically disabled, 17% are Veterans. Ages range from 18 to 80 with an average age of 48. To qualify for membership: Survivors must be 18 years of age or older, have a documented acquired brain injury, be independent with self-care and use assistive devices independently, be willing to participate in a working community, not be a threat to self or others, and, have transportation to/from BIND in Plano or Fort Worth.    

Festival of Lights

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Thousands of years ago, a Jewish holiday was born. Chanukah or Hanukkah. Chanukah is the Jewish “Festival of Lights.”

The English spelling, Hanukkah, and Hebrew spelling, Chanukah, translate to Feast of Dedication. As with many languages, Hebrew has its own verbal distinctions. One is a “guttural,” or rough-sounding ch…(as if one is clearing his/her throat). When spoken in English, the word is Hanukkah. It’s spoken with a softer, or smoother, sound. 

Chanukah is “An Eight Day Winter Festival of Lights.” This year, (in 2021), on the Gregorian calendar. All Jewish holidays begin at sundown the night before the first day…similar to the way Christmas Eve is celebrated on December 24th, with Christmas day celebrated on December 25. The Christian holiday, Easter, is celebrated on the lunar calendar. Easter is celebrated in spring, usually in March or April, and on any date.

Most of today’s agenda-book style calendars and wall calendars are diverse. If you look at your calendar or agenda, you may see that your own holidays and others’ religious and cultural holidays are printed in it. With Jewish holidays, many calendars are printed with “Chanukah begins at sunset.” 

Chanukah candles are placed in a menorah. The Chanukah Menorah is a “Chanukah”. Every night, the Chanukah holds its given night of the holiday plus a leader candle, called the Shamash. The Shamash has an important job: to light each candle before it is placed in the Chanukah.

This year, the first Chanukah candle is lit at sunset or sundown on Monday, November 29.  Going forward one candle, the first night’s candle will be lit at sundown. A candle signifying each day of Chanukah, for eight days, will be lit each night during the holiday for eight days. On the night of Chanukah, the last candle will be lit at sunset on December 6, 2021.

Last September, Jews around the world welcomed the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah means “the birthday of the world.” This year is 5782. That’s five thousand, seven hundred, and eighty-two years. (Nearly 6 millennia ago!) 

On Chanukah, Jews invite family and friends into their home to enjoy a holiday meal, sing songs, light the menorah, and play games. One well-known game played during Chanukah is Dreidel. The game “Dreidel” is a spinning top decorated with a Hebrew letter on each of four sides. They are the letters Noon (nuhn), Rash (raysh), Gimmel (gimmel), and Hay (hey). Those letters represent “A great miracle happened there”. 

Chanukah is not the Jewish Christmas. Chanukah is a winter holiday held to celebrate the Jewish people finding a small amount of oil inside the first temple, lighting it, and the oil staying lit for eight days. We celebrate the victory of the small amount of oil burning for eight days, and the Miracle that the oil played. Jewish families prepare the celebratory meal, usually making latkes, (laht-kehs) or potato pancakes fried in oil, most frequently served alongside sliced brisket and roasted vegetables, like potatoes and carrots. For dessert? Sufganiyot may be served. That’s delicious, delectable, fried jelly doughnut. Yummy! 

~Susan, BIND Member

We’re Hiring!

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The Executive Director Position: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED)

will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for fund development, finances/budget, its

staff, volunteers, members, student interns, programs, expansion and execution of the Mission and

Vision. The Board of Directors monitors and supports the ED to ensure that he or she is competent

and effective, including conducting an annual performance review.

The ED works in partnership with the Board and the staff to provide leadership and vision for the

organization and to develop long-term strategies. The ED develops and implements policies

approved by the Board, maintains organizational culture, proactively works to reduce risk, and

effectively manages resources while representing BIND in the community.

We’re Looking For Someone Who:

Thrives in a work environment with a fair amount of governance autonomy and is fully

invested in collaborative program enhancements and fundraising with top reports.

Demonstrates excitement when scaling projects through development of goals and

objectives and tracks performance while closing gaps along the way.

Consistently seeks funding diversification and sustainability for a healthy future.

Enjoys learning and demonstrates the ability to adjust to unanticipated challenges.

Intuitively realizes the potential in others and sees where opportunity may be hiding

Aligns resources in a productive, efficient and meaningful way.

Expects direct reports to accept ownership and reinforces accountability across all levels of

the organization.

Easily establishes and maintains relationships with a variety of stakeholders.

To learn more about the position and how to apply, please refer to the full position description:

Where to Start to Reduce Violence and Abuse

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I miss several things I used to do before the stroke, but one of the most rewarding was running two conferences on Domestic Violence.  On that occasion, the title was “Are we winning the war on Domestic Violence?”  To close the conference, I concluded that the answer was no.  Even today, the number of instances continues to grow, primarily because so many violations are never reported.

A great friend of mine encouraged me to investigate Domestic Violence against women and sexual abuse.   After reading extensively about many sub-topics on these two subjects, I believe that the root cause is a massive failure to instill in young boys and young men the virtue of honoring womanhood.  I have come to this conclusion and believe that it has little or no emphasis in the literature.  

I contend that at a young age, little boys need to learn how to treat little girls properly, and at an older age, young men need to learn how to treat young women properly.  Instilling that learning experience about proper treatment – what you do and don’t do – is important for men in producing proper respect for women. 

I believe that proper treatment yields respect.  Conversely, I believe that improper treatment yields a lack of respect.  

When men do not respect women, they are then objects for mistreatment, abuse, and debauchery.  There is where you see physical strikes and sexual abuse.  It all goes full circle.   

When I was 15 and continuing through age 22, I traveled throughout Texas reciting a poem from the Order of DeMolay called the Flower Talk.  I must have given it close to 1,000 times.  In part, a mother speaks to her son when he reaches the threshold of manhood at age 21, “for my life, make no woman weep / for my life, make no woman cheap / and for my life, give no woman scorn, for that dark night when you were born.” 

Not everyone has the chance to hear these lines.  But, we don’t need poetry to instill proper treatment, which yields proper respect, which yields proper activity.  If we had this as a baseline, we would have much less Domestic Violence against women, because men would know better.  

And, they should learn about proper treatment at a very young age.  It should be a core value that will stay with them throughout their lives – one that does not waver with circumstances or conditions. 

~ Karl K, BIND Member


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The number of Americans who suffer from pain is astounding.  Recent figures reveal that “an estimated 20.4% of U.S. adults had chronic pain and 8.0% of U.S. adults had high-impact chronic pain.  Both were more prevalent among adults living in poverty, adults with less than a high school education, and adults with public health insurance.” The cost of medicine, lost productivity, and disability programs have climbed to $560 billion each year.  1

The difference between these types of pain is important to understand.  “Acute pain is provoked by a specific disease or injury, serves a useful biologic purpose, is associated with skeletal muscle spasm and sympathetic nervous system activation, and is self-limited. Chronic pain, in contrast, may be considered a disease state.  It is pain that outlasts the normal time of healing, if associated with a disease or injury.  Chronic pain may arise from psychological states, serves no biologic purpose, and has no recognizable end-point.“ 

Despite the attention pain management attracts, current research indicates many treatments are inadequate for several reasons:  (1) many patients do not trust the knowledge they get from healthcare professionals, (2) consultations with patients are rushed, (3) general practitioners put pain relief as a low priority, (4) pain specialists do not believe that this is a disease in its own right, (5) healthcare workers skills are not fully utilized, and (6) psychological therapy is usually delayed and even too late to do any good.  3

Most pain management programs encourage users to take medications that have unwanted side effects.  As a contrast, holistic pain management focuses on a body’s internal functions, “triggering natural healing and releasing endorphins, your body’s ‘feel good’ chemicals.”  4

We have members at BIND who have tried different methods to manage or alleviate their pain.  A number of these members claim they are “still a work in process.”

I can only focus on a few good examples.  Half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.  It is the leading cause of disability, and it is the most common reason for missed work.  Americans spend at least $50 billion each year treating back pain.  5

Here is one that I have had several bouts with for my leg and thigh.  Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through the hips and buttocks and down each leg. 

In my case, I had a herniated disk, or bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine that pinches part of the nerve.  The pain is intense.  I took treatments from both a pain doctor and a chiropractor, whom I made sure did not know each other.  The pain doctor used Morphine, Hydrocodone, and Tramadol, which I still use daily.  The chiropractor used decompression to separate the bone from the nerve.  This is not a quick treatment, and that can take as much as six months to see any results.  

Here are some observations from our members at BIND:

“I have been seeing a chiropractor for 2 years.  Shortly after I started seeing him, I noticed that I was sleeping better, reduced headaches, and it has improved my spine alignment.”  Carrie 

“Thankfully I’m not riddled with pain.  I do prefer a more homeopathic approach when available.  I have found Arnica Montana which has both topical and sublingual pellets.  Works great – it’s also helpful in alleviating minor strains and sprains.  I use CBD pain serum topically.” Annette K

It is not always possible to prevent sciatica.  The suggestions for treatment are to exercise regularly, maintain proper posture when you sit, and use good body mechanics.  If you stand for long periods, you will be told to rest one foot on a stool or small box occasionally.  I have also taken steroid injections and acupuncture, with disappointing results.  6, 7

What are some other sources for managing pain? 

DO’s (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) and MD’s (Doctor of Medicine) are both physicians who can practice in any area of medicine.  “Of the 860,917 physicians actively practicing in the United States in 2015, 67.1% hold an MD degree granted in the U.S., 24.3% are international medical graduates, and 7.6% hold a DO degree.” 8 Many are primary care doctors.  Both can prescribe medication and train to do surgery.Osteopathic doctors get extra training in the muscles, bones, and joints. DO’s learn osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), which means that they use their hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness and injury.  They apply techniques such as gentle pressure, stretching, restoring range of motion, and encourage good health.  9, 10

Massage Therapy compliments chiropractic care. In many cases, massage therapists and chiropractors use the same location or office.  Massage is another natural way to relieve pain.  Many patients believe that a massage will reduce stress, internally relax the body, and promote safe healing.  

Other pain relief options include Meditation and Relaxation.  Several of our members at BIND have testified that these techniques are often helpful to fight pain caused by stress.  Simple exercises release natural endorphins, which combat pain.  You can easily find sources that document the fact some daily exercise even reduces heart disease risk, controls blood sugar levels, and helps to lose weight.  

In summary, no one wants to live in pain.  While there are options for how to take care of yourself, there are barriers, including lack of adequate insurance and other factors.  Some of these involve transportation, lifestyle habits, family support, financial pressures, just to name a few.  For 19 years, I taught foreigners from many places all over the world.  Many times, they remarked, “Americans have the greatest chance to live and survive in a healthy way but so many of our citizens do not have access to it.” Sad!  

~ Karl K, BIND Member









8              :2016 Physician Specialty Data Book”.  Association of American Medical Colleges



Caregiver Spotlight

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By Karl K

Our Caregiver of the quarter is Jerry Holliday. He celebrated his 80th birthday this year. Jerry has three children, and the youngest is Jeff, who is a member at BIND. Jerry lives with Jeff, who is now 40 years old. He has been widowed since 2009.

Jerry served in the US Army, and then started his career in photocopy printing. He was a proud member of his union for 14 years, and when he moved to Houston, he worked for the Houston Post. Afterwards, he worked in the oil and gas industry, in on and offshore rigs. Jerry has been now retired nine years. Since he wakes up early, he drives UBER a few times a week.

Jerry has two hobbies – bass fishing and golf. He does not get to play as much he wants, due to a leg injury. He also knows a lot about old-time baseball players and events.

On a typical day, Jerry does housework, cooking, and takes care of the yard. You may have seen their new family dog on Facebook. Jerry helps Jeff monitor his medicines. He takes Jeff to the doctor as needed, and now they are concerned about his upcoming MRI.

Jerry is a big fan of BIND. He thinks that Jeff has benefited by getting around people and is excited about getting to run morning meetings and organizing walks. They are both also active in an Ataxia group, While Jeff can be online, his preference is to meet in person.

Be sure to meet Jerry online for the next Caregiver Meeting on August 11 at 2:00 p.m. Congratulations on this honor!