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First of all, thank you so much for coming. We come from California, Texas, Utah, New York, Georgia. I am not going to name them all. It would take too long. Thank you for the sacrifices you made to be here, to be away from your families, the financial sacrifices. We appreciate all that. But it's a special time, and it's a special place that we are all here. You don't have to worry about, "I can't hear" or "I stumble." I fell almost twice this weekend myself. But before we start, I want to thank some people for coming. Number one, Dr. Welling. I am going to say a few personal things. He is a great man! He is dedicated to the NF2. He does drug research. He wants our lives to be better. He cares about the quality of our lives. He is a patient- oriented physician.
I will tell one story that will prove this point a million times over. I had brain surgery in January. About a month later, I developed spinal fluid. Steve called Dr. Welling. To make a long story short, Dr. Welling, he was in Phoenix at the time. They actually admitted me to the hospital. And that afternoon, Dr. Welling walks in my room. He got off the airplane, came straight to Ohio State Hospital to see me. He didn't even go home. I know some of you are patients of Dr. Welling. We all have our own stories to tell about what a great physician he is, and caring wonderful man. t's a privilege and honor that he takes care of us the way he does. Thank you so much.
Next is Andrea Crago. She is from PRI, Professional Reporters, Inc. She makes this possible for us. We all would be staring at each other, making funny faces. She brings the world of speech, so we can take advantage of the great things we will "hear" this morning.
Dr. Welling, he got back at 1 a.m. this morning from Europe. He is with us here this morning. We appreciate that. I want to thank the volunteers that helped out this weekend. It's a big event. I couldn't have done this without this person taking over and that person taking over. Thank you for all your help.
Good morning, everyone. I have never used C.A.R.T., so I am a little nervous about that. But we are here this morning for a memorial for our crew member, Rachelle Swafford. Her love of the Crew is filling this room. As well as her understanding and her appreciation of the importance of what the Crew does. The fact that we reaped strength and Encouragement. Her love is in testimony by the presence of her family here today.
You know, we have many new Crew members here. It's marvelous to see this group! We become quickly attached in this group, for those of you who are new, because when you start any relationship, you start conversation by common ground. You find what you have in common and you begin conversation, and you become truthful with one another. That deepens your relationship.
We can never say to any member of this family, Deb, Ray, Danielle, or Bryan, that we understand how they feel. No one can ever understand how one individual feels in loss. But if there is one thing that everyone in this room has in common, we understand loss. All kinds of losses. Not just life, but abilities, socialization, possessions, friends. So we in this room have a lot in common.
There's a question that's asked many times: Is your glass half empty or half full?
Based on my knowledge and experience as someone with NF2 who has dealt with facial paralysis after the facial nerve issues during brain surgery, doesn't show any signs of healing or movement till about 4 to 6 months after the damage occurs, where everyone is different it could be longer or shorter then that but a good gauge on about what to expect and the majority of the healing that will occur will be in the first year. A few things can be a factor in how much heals.
- Physical Therapy, Exercise
- Food, Suppliments and Medication
- Facial Animation Surgery
The facial nerve feeds smaller nerves and muscles that go to different parts of the face. When the nerve is damaged those smaller veins are not sent enough blood for the circulation which is necessary for muscles to move.
A good amount of facial paralysis can heal between physical therapy and acupuncture. In physical therapy they show you face exercises to regain movement again, I suggest chewing gum a lot as part of that and starting acupuncture as circulation starts back up again. Acupuncture helps to encourage blood to flow back to the different nerves in the face to encourage movement. Starting both within a few months after a nerve is damaged and for that entire first year is important in determining how much it will be able to help.
Some amount of nerve damage can heal after the first year, but the majority of the healing will happen in the first year. I believe food and medication choices could play a part in the percentage of healing as well. Antioxidants help encourage blood flow by helping to send more oxygen to veins while some medications that are meant to slow down cell growth could also be a factor against healing. So in effect, some chemotherapy options, supplements or foods even that might slow down cell growth in my opinion should be held off for as long as possible after surgery to give yourself enough time to heal, but you need to do what's right for you.
Facial animation is typically not a consideration till sometime after the nerve is damaged based on how much your nerves heal on their own. Talk to your doctors.
- Lori Davila
October 14, 2010
Product Review - 7-12-10
I recently had an opportunity to try out the UdiDuo System, made available by the interpreter services at NYU. I highly recommend anyone with hearing issues to try out one of these devices to determine how it might be useful to you.
- Lori Davila
This neat system is a great assistance aid for one on one communications for anyone with hearing issues including :
- individuals who are new deaf and do not know any other form of communication.
- a hearing person needs to communicate with someone who is deaf and does not know ASL (American Sign Language), or is too difficult to speech read.
- individuals who are learning ASL. This would work well as a good instructional tool to type a word and then sign it and have added dialogue by typing as needed.
- if you need to have a discussion with someone who does not know ASL or someone who cannot sign very well.
- if you need to have a conversation with someone that includes to many technical words that would require the major part of the conversation too be mostly finger spelling if ASL were used.
- doctor's visits where a hearing impaired person needs to understand exactly what a medical professional is saying, word for word.
- a discussion with someone with speech problems.
Two connected computers, each facing opposite directions. As the person you are communicating with types you can read it on the screen as well as see them and in turn type back a response that will show up on their display. No internet access needed. This device would not only be good for doctor's visits but in communicating with others with hearing problems or speech problems who you might need to talk to.
ASL or lip reading alone will not help in every situation and sometimes you might need more than either in cases like a doctor's visit, or even a work environment, where you need to understand exactly what someone is saying, which is where devices like this can help.
Link - www.scomm.com
Neurofibromatosis Type II (NF2), is also known by the name "MISME Syndrome" (Multiple Inherited Schwannomas, Meningiomas and Ependymomas), or Bilateral Acoustic NF (BAN), is a genetic Autosomal Dominant condition. It is an Autosomal Dominant, genetic condition that affects an individual throughout the course of their life. The missing gene that results in NF2, the tumor suppressor gene, should create a protein known as MERLIN (Moesin-Ezrin-Radixin-Like Protein), also referred to as Schwannomin or Bilateral Acoustic NF (BAN). When the Merlin Protein is missing, tumor development occurs.
NF2 results in slow growing typically benign (noncancerous) tumors, primarily in the Central Nerve System; these are nerves in the brain and alone the spinal cord. These tumors result in different forms of nerve damage depending on actual location of each tumor that grows. Despite development of earlier issues that might develop, signs of hearing loss are usually the typical point of NF2 diagnosis for many individuals. Additionally, while Central Nerve System tumors can damage the different nerves for vision, NF2 commonly also results in eye issues unrelated to tumor nerve damage.
NYU is the only hospital in the metropolitan area offering a complete team of doctors experienced with and focused on NF2. It is one of the very few such places in the country. For that reason, our group members tend to favor NYU doctors.
However, there are some excellent doctors unaffiliated with NYU who deal with various aspects of NF2.
Dr. Roland to Receive 2010 Wholeness of Life Award at Ceremony on October 28
J. Thomas Roland Jr., MD, is this year's recipient of the Wholeness of Life Award from HealthCare Chaplaincy, a nonprofit organization that specializes in multifaith, spiritually centered healthcare. Every year, HealthCare Chaplaincy, in coordination with the Department of Pastoral Care, honors a select number of healthcare professionals in metropolitan New York who embody the chaplaincy's commitment to care for the whole person, encompassing spirit, body, and mind. The honorees have all earned a reputation among their colleagues for caring holistically for patients and co-workers by showing respect for the dignity of people, demonstrating a commitment to excellence and caring, and exhibiting compassion and understanding of the spiritual needs of individuals regardless of cultural and religious differences.
Dr. Roland, who is the Mendik Foundation Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, chair of the Department of Otolaryngology, and associate professor of neurosurgery, is a pioneer and expert in cochlear implants. In addition to serving as the co-director of our Cochlear Implant Center, he has also brought his expertise and services to those in need in Uganda-performing surgery and training others to perform various types of ear surgeries.
He was nominated for this award by several colleagues, including Maria Corbo, the former director of international and corporate services, John Golfinos, MD, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, and Susan Waltzman, PhD, professor of otolaryngology and co-director of the Cochlear Implant Center, with support from an international patient.
Neurofibromatosis Type II (NF2) is a genetic neurological disorder that causes benign tumors to grow within the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. NF2 is characterized by bilateral vestibular schwannomas (acoustic neuromas). The majority of NF2 patients (approximately 90%) develop bilateral vestibular schwannomas.
Observation (Watch and Wait)
Patients who are asymptomatic may not need treatment immediately. Patients should undergo periodic MRI scans so that doctors can monitor the growth of the tumors. Doctors will determine how often a patient will need to undergo an MRI. Doctors will advise patients as to when treatment will be necessary as well as which types of treatment would be appropriate for a particular case.
Types of tumors which commonly develop in NF-2 patients:
What causes NF2?
Surgery for Tumor Removal
Three common surgical approaches are used to remove acoustic neuromas: Middle fossa approach, Retrosigmoid approach and Translabyrinthine approach. Several factors determine which approach the surgeons will use for a particular patient.
Gamma Knife Surgery
Also known as Stereotactic Radiosurgery.
CI (Cochlear Implant): In some cases, a patients auditory nerve will still be intact after an acoustic neuroma is removed and the nerve may be functioning well enough for a patient to benefit from a CI.
ABI (Auditory Brainstem Implant): The majority of NF2 patients use an ABI. In many cases during surgery to remove acoustic neuromas, the auditory nerve is severed or not functioning well enough for a patient to benefit from a cochlear implant.
Medication to Stop or Shrink Tumors
A few medications are in trials that we have hope will stop this condition. Progress is being made. Speak to your doctor.
Neurofibromatosis Northeast Adds Anne Patterson as New York State Patient and Clinic Outreach Coordinator Burlington, MA based Neurofibromatosis Northeast, the non-profit patient advocacy organization whose mission is to find a cure and treatment for neurofibromatosis (NF) by promoting scientific research, creating awareness, and providing hope and support to those who are affected by NF, is […]
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Neurofibromatosis Northeast is pleased to announce that Paula Vrattos has been appointed Gift Processor and Data Entry Coordinator. Paula is charged with managing the gift entry process, preparing financial reports and supporting and assisting event fundraising. She brings to the role significant experience in both databases and non-profit fundraising. Paula comes to NF Northeast from […]
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A beautifully written and heartwarming letter by a grandmother in our NF community. You anxiously await the birth of your grandchild with almost the same anticipation as your own child. You get that phone call or you are with them at the hospital waiting with that most wonderful feeling. Hours pass and you pace and […]
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Scientists at the University of Plymouth reveal, for the first time, the role of the cellular prion protein in the development of neurofibromatosis 2 tumors — with potential impact on other cancers, too. Image on left is a schwannoma tumor cell. Credit: University of Plymouth New research published today, 10th July 2017, online in the […]
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This article was originally published on the SLCH Radio Rounds website in June 2017. The Neurofibromatosis Comprehensive Care Team at MORE »
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Dr. Bruce Korf, a medical geneticist, neurologist and physician-scientist, directs the University of Alabama NF Program. With more than 25 years of experience in patient care, research and education, Dr. Korf is internationally renowned for his work on NF. Written by Bruce Korf ~ Published: June 26th, 2017 Due in part to information featured […]
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Andrés Lessing has joined the Board of Directors of Neurofibromatosis Northeast. Andrés was 9 months old when he was diagnosed with NF1. His NF was the result of a spontaneous mutation. Andrés and his family have been active within our community for many years, and one of his most critical contributions to NF Northeast was […]
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Join our awareness campaign and help spread the word! Neurofibromatosis affects more people than cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy combined, yet most people have never even heard of it. Many people have trouble pronouncing the word neurofibromatosis. Neurofibromatosis Northeast has launched our #TheWordIs campaign to generate more awareness of neurofibromatosis and the many people this […]
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Neurofibromatosis affects more people than cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy combined, yet most people have never heard of it. Many people have trouble pronouncing neurofibromatosis. But, May is Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month! This year, we started our #TheWordIs campaign to generate more awareness of neurofibromatosis and the people this disorder affects. Our goal is to spread […]
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Camp New Friends offers children and teens with neurofibromatosis (ages 7-17) seven days and six nights of summer fun and social connections. Camp is located in the Shenandoah Mountains of West Virginia, on the grounds of Timber Ridge Camp, 90 miles west of Washington, DC. Camp New Friends serves to reduce the stigma and isolation […]
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Miranda Ehrstein was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) when she was just 18 months old. Now she is an outgoing and enthusiastic 12 year old girl, who loves stuffed animals, Science and swimming, and is determined to never let her NF1 hold her back. Read about Miranda’s journey with NF1, through the eyes of her loving family.
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Community Consulting Teams of Boston (CCT) is working with Neurofibromatosis Northeast (NFNE) to help understand what we are doing well and how we could improve our support and services to patients and families. CCT is a not for profit organization comprised of business school graduates who are interviewing a broad array of NFNE’s stakeholders including […]
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St. Louis Children’s Hospital weekly podcast, Radio Rounds, is a free series for healthcare professionals featuring Washington University pediatric specialists. MORE »
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Dear Friends, Have you ever wondered what we do and where your money goes? In this issue we hope to demonstrate the impact that NF Northeast makes on behalf of the people we serve – patients and families who live with NF. NF Northeast was founded around a kitchen table 28 years ago when NF […]
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Please consider writing to your Senators and Representative in Congress. There are instructions in the Advocacy Toolkit, or just reach out to the NF office. We are happy to help because your voice needs to be heard! Dr. Tina Kell, a dentist living in Maine who suffers with schwannomatosis, could not join the NF Advocates […]
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