February 2017 WNA Newsletter
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- Ground-Breaking Discovery: UC Davis Researchers Find Key Mechanism that Causes Neuropathic Pain
- WNA Support Groups
- President's Message
- Stem Cell Reality
- New Prescribing Information Released for Hundreds of FDA-Approved Opioids
- FDA Approves Morphine with Abuse-Deterrent Properties
Hear his compelling and personal story about how his experiences and challenges in seeking care for his neuropathy developed into his, now strong, advocacy organization.
Doctor/Patient Relationships Featuring - Lt. Col. Gene Richardson
The presenter discusses doctor/patient relationships and how to unlock doors when your working with your doctor.
Patients Helping Patients Featuring - Lt. Col. Gene Richardson
The presenter discusses the principles and goals for patients helping patients.
Neuropathy: It may be the most common disease you've never heard of!
Do your hands or feet feel like they:
- Are numb, burning or freezing?
- Have stinging, stabbing or shooting pains?
- Are wearing gloves or stockings when they are not?
- Do you have muscle weakness or coordination problems?
Do you feel like your internal organs don't function properly?
If so, you may have peripheral neuropathy (PN).
The Western Neuropathy Association (WNA) is committed to assisting you and providing hope through caring, support, research, education, and empowerment. Please explore our website to learn about neuropathy, find resources, and locate a support group that can help you.
The WNA is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization. Please consider supporting us through your membership, service, and finances.
The importance of hope
Neuropathy can seem like a hopeless disease because there is no cure. Often the treatment of symptoms is ineffective or erratic. Most of us have been assured that the condition will only get worse which is not always true. We also can suffer from dismissive or uninformed doctors or others in our lives who don't understand the extent of the difficulties we face.
We all need hope. WNA is dedicated to providing it.
Hope is so important that the Western Neuropathy Association considers it our primary purpose, providing "hope through caring, support, research, education, and empowerment."
Education is essential. People--including doctors--need to know more about neuropathy. Given the number of people who have the disease, we want it to be as well known as some of the central nervous system diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. We will get there with your support.
The WNA is committed to informing people about neuropathy. This includes health care professionals, government officials, insurance personnel, and others in positions of influence. We also help our members to be their own best advocates.
Hope through caring is provided by our support groups. We have more than 40 support groups that are either going strong or getting underway. People can share experiences, discuss treatments that help them, receive valuable information from knowledgeable speakers, and assist each other. If there isn't one in your area and you would like to help us start one, contact WNA president Bev Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore our website. Find hope.