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Cape Gazette VIEWPOINTS FRIDA~ AUGUST 26 - MONDAY. AUGUST 29. 2011 9 Letters )) Continued from page 8 strong for our members. Thank you, officers and members of the executive board of DMHOA. Ed Speraw president Dixie Boucher interim vice president Nancy Keyser secretary Pat Brady co-secretary Chuck Kolodjeski interim treasurer Jack Myers executive assistant Fred ffNeil public affairs officer Ron Amadio executive board member Husband thanks emergency personnel I thank the Lewes ambulance squad and paramedics on the mid- night shift and Beebe Medical Center midnight shift in the emer- gency room. They deserve a thank you for a job well done, and going above and beyond the serv- ice required of them. On Aug. 9 at 2 a.m. my wife had a serious emergency and I had to call 911, which also went above and beyond their duty and sent the Lewes ambulance to my home, along with the paramedics, in a very timely manner. They imme- diately attended to my wife in my home and also during transport to the emergency room. In the hos- pital they took immediate care of my wifeand throughout my wife's stay they were extremely profes- sional and well mannered to both my wife and myself. = Upon completion of her stav in the emergency room at about 5 a.m. and her discharge, they were kind enough to call for a taxi so we would have a ride home. I would also like to thank the lady from the taxi service who was also police and very cooperative. Her name was Barbara from Comfort Ride. Gary K, Krammes Lewes Questions arise over 'Exteme Makeover' Reading the Cape Gazette Aug. 16 edition, I became very con- fused. In the past it seemed that the basis of"Extreme Makeover" was to help families with needs. The suggestions for a family to re- ceive a home in Sussex County were made during the Delaware State Fair. It seems to me that many families in Sussex Coumy would be thrilled to receive a $1 million home as a gift. I read that they will be setting up a fund so this family can maintain the home. Over 1,100 volunteers will be working around the clock for six days to build this home - why a $1 million home? Sussex County is getting great publicity, but I ques- tion if it is the right kind. Betty Nicotra Lewes Amazing what a vegan diet can do I was delighted to read about my friend ]oann Szczepkowski, who is 65, setting a new state 10K record for her age group. Readers might also be interested to know what helps fuel this woman: a veg- an diet. Ioann eats no meat, no dairy, no eggs. Like so many peo- ple who follow a healthy plant- based diet, ]oann exudes great health and energy. Recently, vegetarian strongman Patrik Baboumian took the crown at Germany's Strongest Man 2011 competition. And just this past week, CNN reported on Bill Clin- ton's vegan diet - quite a change from his hamburger- and steak- loving days. The former president says "All my blood tests are good, and my vital signs are good, and I feel good, and I also have, believe it or not, more energy." Readers who want to explore meat-free eating can find useful information at or Choo- - great recipes tool Patricia Haddock Georgetown Don't be hesitant about using support groups David Forman's "Health Topics - Coping as a Caregiver" in the Aug. 25 issue of the Cape Gazette really hit home with me. He said, "Meeting with support groups is a must. You feel you have no time, you're exhausted and the last thing you need is to meet new people. Respectfully, this is wrong. The first thing you need is to meet people who are on the same road you're on but have trav- eled a bit further. This is where your fears are addressed and your questions answered, you fmd shoulders to lean on, and you are assured that there will always be others to share your worries." I found that support for myself in the Cancer Caregiver Support Group at the Wellness Communi- ty (now Cancer Support Commu- nity) located in the Medical Arts Building of the Route 24 Beebe Health Campus. I was feeling quite overwhelmed. I'd used sup- port groups as I went through my own cancer, and really didn't think I had the time or the opportunity to leave caring for my husband for time for me, but I was becoming emotionally and physically drained. I was encouraged about the value of a caregiver support group, and it was the best thing that I did for myself. I don't know how I would have managed through those last months of my husband's life without the under- standing of the caring individuals in the group facilitated by Louise White. for t, hat, new fl Wit,h lat,est, styles in carpet,, hardwood, ceramic, vinyl, laminar,e, and [ cork flooring, you won't, have t,o wait, any longer t,o get, t,he floor you've been I looking ,for. - l l 9o don 1; set,t,le for Sept,ember. 5t,op in t, oday for special savings on our best, selling select,ions & st,yles. Style for Today ~ Quality for Tomorrow Sales. Service. Installation Carpet. Vinyl. Tile. Cork Laminates. Wood Expert Steam Cleaning | All Types of Repairs Visit our showroom at Wescoats corner & Savannah Rd. (beside Lewes Open Mon.- Wed. 10-4, Thurs. & Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-2 302-644-8772 Printing) T Shared insights, or just caring and supportive continents, or a hug, really helped me regain some emotional energy and be able to continue to cope. I encourage anyone who thinks they don't have time to reconsider support groups. If you are a caregiver, like I was, there are others at your church or in your community who can stay with your loved one while you at- tend - you just need to swallow some pride of being independent and ask them. There are a variety of types of support groups avail- able. but the ones available through the Cancer Support Com- mtmity were, and continue to be, very helpful to me. Their mission statement says it all: "The mission of the Cancer Support Community Delaware, formerly The Wellness Communi- is to ensure that all people im- pacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by ac- tion and sustained by community. At, CSC all programs are free of charge." They can be reached at 302~645-9150 or by visiting Barbara McGowan Lewes Tile 8th Annual BargainS on the Broadkill & The Great Duck Race Sponsored by the Milton Chamber of Commerce Saturday, August 27th 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In Milton Memorial Park and On the scenic Broadkill River 12th Annual Canoe & Kayak Race Sponsored by the Milton Development Corp. Spend the Day with us in Milton Fun for all ages/ For information contact the Chamber of Commerce chamber(~historicmilton.eom or 302-684-1101 ~ . or www.historicmilton.eom/events