Archive for the ‘Serious Conditions’ Category

North Carolina is ranked among the highest in the nation regarding obesity, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In general, states in the West and New England rank lowest in the fattest states rankings, while states in the South and the Rust Belt tend to rank highest. 57% of North Carolina adults are overweight or obese.

Some factors causing weight gain and obesity are

  • Lack of energy balance
  • Pregnancy
  • Emotional
  • Inactive Lifestyle
  • Environment
  • Health conditions
  • Family genes
  • Medicines
  • Smoking
  • Age
  • Lack of Sleep to name a few

Could we, as North Carolinians change those statistics?

Let’s Fight the Fat Stat and Learn to Live Lean and Mean with our local resources (and they are not difficult to find)

Angela Howard-Health Coach with Take Shape for Life addresses  issues on an individual basis. Her motto, “There is no 1 solution to weight loss, it is a combination.” Angela has personally lost 212 pounds and works with clients who desire loosing 2-5 pounds per week, taking the healthy route.

Below is a picture of Angela and her husband, both at least 200 pounds over-weight. An unfortunate reality was the diagnosis of early onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, motivating her decision to change her life.

Angela provides workshops regarding health and wellness

What foods to select, how to prepare, are supplements needed, exercise implementation or other activities to improve quality of life are all examined. It is a known fact, people trying to lose weight with the help of a coach or another trained health professional, do so faster and also keep the weight off. They act as your support system while you walk the journey to a healthier lifestyle. Angela can be reached for questions at, 336.301.9321. Fight the Fat!

If you have been declined for health insurance, or feel you may not be accepted, there are other alternatives, call Melody Anderson of Chadwick Insurance Group, LLC for assistance. There is no charge for consultations.

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The Brain Injury Association of NC  hosted a Caregiver’s Appreciation Morning Out in High Point, NC. Some factors contributing to brain injury include

  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Car Accidents (texting, drunk driving)
  • Falls
  • Trauma from Military Explosions
  • Brain Aneurysms
  • We learned a young girl wearing glass hair accessories fell and her skull received significant damage, changing her life indefinitely

♥ Note-Brain Injuries are usually not diagnosed within the homeless population. We may see them staggering as if under the influence of a foreign substance, but could be a result of tramatic brain injury.

It is called a Disease, but with no cure.

Peggy Nelson, Kitty Barringer, Susan Fewell, and Yvonne Josephson, CRRN or HP REgional Hospital orgainzed the Love Journey of Caregiving. There were personal and heartwarming stories shared, humor, resources, and caregiver nominations, along with several door prizes given away.

Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics

The meeting was very informational and enlightening. Tuesday February 1st at 7pm, Millis Regional Health Education Center with host an event for all Survivors, Family Members, Friends, and Professionals recognizing the Brain Injury Alliance. More details, contact John at 336.887.0745.

Everyone walked away with a copy of Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal and we were glad to be a part of the luncheon and help promote this Hidden Disability.

Angela Howard spoke on the challenges of caregiving. Her mother endured a stroke and her husband diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimers Disease. The importance of health was reiterated and benefits no one if the caregiver does not surround themselves with caring and compassionate family and friends.


WALK & ROLL-athon Burmil Park April 16th, details here, 2011. Additional information will be provided within the March issue of Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal.

The Brain Injury Association of NC is partnering with Camp Carefree September 16-18th, 2011 in Stokesdale, NC.  Sons of Italy has partnered with Camp Carefree, a hidden local treasure.

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7-year-old Zachary and his family have been through some tough times and still walking on ice. Sweet little Zachary was born 6 pounds and 3 ounces on December 17, 2003. Just a perfect baby, they thought. 2 weeks later their child went into kidney failure.

More information about Zachary’s story is found on his website

One would not know to look at him that he is not the healthy boy living next door to you.

The family is asking for help.

If you would like to be Zachary Elsenpeter’s HERO and get tested to see if you are a match…PLEASE CALL… If you would like to get tested to see if you could be Zachary’s HERO !! Please call,

(Local, Transplant line) 612-672-7270

(Long distance, Transplant line) 1-800-328-5465

(Local Fairview On Call line) 612-672-7272

(Long distance, Fairview On Call line) 1-800-824-1953

Call donor lines if there is difficulty getting through on transplant line.

Zachary is A+ If you are A+ A- O+ O- and are in good health, under age 60 with good Blood pressures and no Diabetes you could be Zachary’s HERO!!!! Let them Know it is for Zachary Elsenpeter.

Many people don’t realize that over 93,000 people are on a list waiting for a kidney and over 93,000 people are waiting for that one phone call that could save their life.
17 people die every day that didn’t get that call, that they fought so hard to wait for.
Zachary went into Acute, chronic and antibody rejection in October 2009, and his Kidney is failing . Zachary is one of the those people waiting for that call. Zachary’s mommy does not want to be one of the 17 families that didn’t get that call. So please make sure you check the box on your driver’s license or let your loved ones know that you want to be an Organ Donor. Register with  your state.

We are praying for you Sweet Zachary, someone will be a match.

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Friday January 14th at 3PM 
3343 Battleground Avenue Ste. 075
In the Westridge Square Shopping Mall
next to Harris Teeter
Introducing products for women of all ethnicities suffering from Chemotherapy, Gastric Bypass, Female Pattern, Baldness, Alopecia, Lupus, & Stress
Sponsored by Just a Cloud Away, Inc. Journal and other local businesses.

Book Signing by Janet Nestor-Holistic Healer Author of “Pathways to Wholeness”

A wonderful book to read and exercises for the mind, body and soul. A meditative walk through the beauty of our Mother Earth.

Light refreshments will be served in the Serenity Garden. Chanel Lace Hair Gallery will also provide a Cancer Resource area for those wanting more information on local support groups, products and services specifically for women walking the journey through serious conditions.
The founder Sharon Ellis-Wiley will answer any questions or concerns during the opening.
Sharon will also start a fund to help women and children who cannot afford a wig of their own.
Please come out and meet the people who are so passionate about helping others in critical times, including


and several other helpful businesses


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A brain aneurysm, also called a cerebral or intracranial aneurysm, is an abnormal bulging of one of the arteries within the brain, with November being National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. Approximately one in 15 people in the United States will develop a brain aneurysm during their lifetime. Aneurysms may result from congenital defects, preexisting conditions such as high blood pressure and atherosclerosis (fatty deposits in the arteries), or head trauma. Cerebral aneurysms occur more commonly in adults than in children but they may occur at any age. They are more common in women than in men, by a ratio of 3 to 2.

50% of ruptured brain aneurysms are fatal. Individuals should seek medical attention if; there is pain behind an eye, a dilated pupil, change in vision or double vision, numbness or paralysis of one side of the face or a drooping eyelid. These symptoms could be related to an unruptured brain aneurysm. Unruptured brain aneurysms are sometimes treated to prevent rupture.

Symptoms are more critical of a large, ruptured brain aneurysms and need immediate attention including; extreme and sudden severe headache, stiff neck, seizure, loss of consciousness, blurred or double vision, confusion or sensitivity to light, nausea and vomiting. The main goals of treatment once an aneurysm has ruptured are to stop the bleeding and potential permanent damage to the brain and to reduce the risk of recurrence.

It is important to note that not all aneurysms are treated at the time of diagnosis. Patients need to consult a neurovascular specialist to determine if they are candidates for treatment. To get to the aneurysm, surgeons must first remove a section of the skull, a procedure called a craniotomy. The surgeon then spreads the brain tissue apart and places a tiny metal clip across the neck to stop blood flow into the aneurysm. After clipping the aneurysm, the bone is secured in its original place, and the wound is closed.  

Information provided by Brainaneurysm.com.

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