Important Brain-Immune System Link Discovery

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As someone with ME, and as someone with a daughter on the Autism Spectrum, this discovery is one of the most important medical events in recent history. Times are changing and researchers are finally picking up the pace studying neuro-immune issues. As my ME progresses, the hope for better understanding of the disease and better treatments may see fruition. Many with ME, MS, and Autism, to mention some of the many misunderstood neuro-immune diseases suffered by millions, might see a flicker at the end of the tunnel.

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“They’ll have to change the textbooks.”  This statement, by Kevin Lee, PhD, Chairman of the UVA Department of Neuroscience, is the result of a study at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.   The study, awarded to the UVA Health System and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has shown there are heretofore undetected lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.

Maps of the lymphatic system: old (left) and updated to reflect UVA's discovery. Maps of the lymphatic system: old (left) and updated to reflect UVA’s discovery.

Researchers knew there was a connection between the brain and immune system, but the vessels were completely hidden.  Now, there are many new angles to exploring neurological disease.

This is a stunning discovery.  It is difficult to explain how these vessels in the brain were overlooked when the lymphatic system was explored.  New avenues of discovery are now possible and beneficiaries might be MS, Autism, Alzheimer’s and maybe even…

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21 Reasons To Hug Your Cat Today

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Happy Hug Your Cat Day! I found this article on “BuzzFeed” and it is so cute I couldn’t pass it up! It made me smile right through my migraine! (That says a lot!) And even though I never need a reason to hug my cats, a celebration is a celebration! So, let’s celebrate!

Hey, where did all of my cats go?…

Anyway, thank you to Chelsea Marshall for a great article!

1. You probably already know this but: your cat is the frickin’ best.

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2. Like so-cute-it hurts level best.

Like so-cute-it hurts level best.

3. They deal with your B.S..

They deal with your B.S..

4. They give the most adorable hugs in the world.

They give the most adorable hugs in the world.

5. It doesn’t matter if it’s your hand…

It doesn't matter if it's your hand...

6. …or your head…

...or your head...

7. …it’s always adorable.

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8. Your cat always knows when you need an extra pick-me-up.

Super cute big cat hug

(Because they let you pick them up).

9. They almost always listen to your drunken tirades…

i love this picture because my friend is having a drunken discussion with a cat...and the cat is completely interested

10. …because they are so very patient.

...because they are so very patient.

11. They welcome even the smallest members of your family.

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12. And continue to surprise you with their compassion.

13. Even when you say, “I’m fine”…

Even when you say, "I'm fine"...

they know when you need that extra TLC.

they know when you need that extra TLC.

14. Your cat is there for you during break-ups…

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15. …and early-morning wake-ups.

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16. They’re an epic support system when you need them.

21 Reasons To Hug Your Cat Today

17. Also, there’s the adorable factor.

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JUST LOOK AT THIS AND TELL ME YOU DON’T WANT IN.

18. Sometimes they don’t like asking for it…

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19. But they’re ALWAYS deserving of it.

But they're ALWAYS deserving of it.

EVEN when they are a pain in the butt.

20. Because your cat just GETS you.

Because your cat just GETS you.

21. ❤ And deserves all the love in the world. ❤

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Now go hug your cat! 🙂

Airplane Safety Information Has Never Been So Much Fun!

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Jess Dixon’s flying automobile c. 1940

In an effort to make “flying the friendly skies” more safe, Delta has decided to get serious.

When it comes to the inflight safety talk, many people think they know the information, find it boring and/or may not pay attention. With the help of some infamous memes, Delta is hoping to change this perception. Safety in the air has gotten real – real entertaining!

See if you agree!

 

These 5 Hero Moms Will Give You Extra Reason to Celebrate Mother’s Day

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  I consider my Mom a hero. The advocating for ME and Autism she does is amazing. She is the one person I can count on to show understanding and unconditional love to a daughter who’s road is rocked by chronic illness. All my love, Mom, today and always.

The following story is from “Time”

Written by  @tcberenson

From saving a drowning couple to rescuing kids from a bear

It’s true that every mother is a hero, which is why we have Mother’s Day. It’s just one small day of the year for people to appreciate everything mothers do for their families. But it’s also true that all acts of maternal heroism are not created equal. Dealing with the daily challenges of raising kids is one thing, but saving children from a bear is quite another. So here, in honor of Mother’s Day, we present five hero moms of the year.

  • The Mom Who Rescued Her Kids With a Pizza Hut Order

    Cheryl Treadway was being held hostage with her children in Florida and figured out how to escape — using an order from Pizza Hut.

With Treadway’s boyfriend holding her and her three children their home at knifepoint this week, Treadway ordered from Pizza Hut on her phone and asked, in the comments section, for someone to call 911.

Thanks to Treadway’s creative thinking, an employee at Pizza Hut called the police, who then rescued the family.

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  • That resolve ended up being life-saving when she saw a couple drowning off the coast of Cancun last December. There was no lifeguard on duty, so Loiselle, a single mother of two, dove in herself, swam out and brought the couple safely to shore.“Words cannot describe my gratitude but I’ll try,” the man said in an interview. “You saved my girlfriend’s life and most certainly mine too.”Calgary woman rescues, rescues couple, coast of Ca

    Tamara Loiselle and son, reading a letter of graditude from the couple.

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    • The Mom Who Got Her Family Out of a Burning House

      Morgan Stone, mother of five, had only seconds to spare to get her entire family out of their Indiana home before it was engulfed in flames last December.“It took me a second to really realize what was happening. When I opened the bedroom door and it was full of smoke, it took me a minute to grasp that this was a serious house fire,” Stone said.She sprang into action and got her five kids, her father-in-law and her pets out of the house before the whole structure burned.“He says I’m a hero,” Stone said of her fiancé, “But I don’t think I’m a hero, I’m just a mom who got my kids out safely—nothing means more to me than them.”

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      The Mom Who Saved Her Neighbor’s Kids From a Bear

Candace Gama saw her neighbor’s 6-year-old sons waiting for their school bus. Then she saw the bear.

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The black bear was about 20 yards away, so Gama drove her car between the bear and the kids and yelled at them to get in the car. Then to speed things up, she grabbed the boys by their backpacks and dragged them inside.

According to a local Montana newspaper, Gama’s 5-year-old daughter said her mom was the hero of the day.

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The Pregnant Mom Who Saved Her Family After a Terrible Car Crash

 

Erika Grow’s car hit black ice on the road in Wyoming last November and flipped three times, throwing her husband and sister from the car and leaving her two young children trapped in the back.

Even though she was eight months pregnant, Grow was able to clamber to the backseat and unbuckle her children, ages 3 and 21 months. She put them in suitcases to keep them warm in the freezing Wyoming weather.

Grow’s husband and sister went to the hospital, but her two children and unborn baby were unharmed.

Photo taken after birth of the newest Grow family member.

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Grieving Mama Cat Who Lost All Three Babies Matched With Three Abandoned Kittens

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This story just hit my heart on so many levels and I had to share it. I hope you get feels from it as well. So special…

From the Huffington Post

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This is a true story of a very depressed and grieving mama cat, brought back to a happy maternal state thanks to some very loving people involved in the rescue and foster care of cats, complete with gorgeous photos of this miraculous match. (Here and at the end.)

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Mikey, an eight month old cat, was inconsolable. She had three kittens, born too early. They were weak and one by one, they died. Mikey’s owner Hillary tried everything she could think of to save the babies.

After the last of Mikey’s kitten’s passed away the cat was searching frantically for her offspring, acted very depressed, and her breasts were engorged with milk.

Watching her cat suffer, Hillary was desperate for help and called Dori’s Darlings, a cat rescue organization run by Dori Hillman in Houston.

This is where Amanda Lowe comes in. She is a foster mother to abandoned kittens, through Dori’s Darlings. Just days before Mikey lost her last kitten, Amanda received three baby kittens to foster that were just a few days old, that still had their umbilical cords attached.

Amanda and another foster, Kelli Nicole, provided around the clock care for the three kittens, who she named Teddy, Abby, and Lily for four days. That’s when Amanda received the call from Dori about Mikey losing her brood of kittens.

Reaching out to Hillary immediately, Amanda offered to bring the kittens to Mikey the cat that same evening. After a conversation, they decided Mikey could make it through the night and Amanda went to her first thing the next morning.

Before showing Mikey the kittens, Amanda, who says she talks to cats and animals all the time, told Mikey how sorry she was about her babies.

Speaking to her in a soothing voice, Amanda told Mikey the cat, “I have some babies for you so you can be a mommy again.”

Amanda said she could tell Mikey liked her and trusted her, and then she placed the kittens in front of the mama cat.

Immediately, Mikey started licking them, grabbing them, hugging them. Around 15 minutes later, the cat spread out and rolled over giving the three kittens a nursing invitation.

Lily was the first to latch on.

After two hours, Amanda knew that with Mikey cuddling her new kittens, bathing them, and falling asleep with them, that she was leaving a very happy mama cat and giving the abandoned kittens a new home. She said they even looked like they belonged to one another.

As Amanda explained, the kittens are more important for Mikey, as lots of kittens are raised by human foster moms. “This was just an awful thing she went through (losing all of her babies) and this will be healing for her,” Amanda explained.

Here are some beautiful photos of this heartwarming rescue operation, all taken by Kelli Nicole, who is a professional photographer.

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22 Pets Who Have No Intention Of Letting You Read Your Book

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1. “Uggggh books are so boringggg!”

(Reddit: hjc26655)

2. “Can we just go outside and play instead?”

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3. “There’s no way a simple BOOK could be more interesting than ME.”

(Reddit: emmaleth)

4. “… I hate to break it to you, Human, but this is written in total gibberish.”

(Reddit: playswithsquirrels08)

5. “What is this ‘reading’ you speak of?”

(Reddit: rook730)

6. “Spoiler alert: the main character dies. Now rub my tummy.”

(Reddit)

7. “You suuuuure you don’t want to play fetch instead?”

(Reddit: Spiderjohns)

8. “Uh-oh. Looks like you confused ‘reading time’ with ‘petting time.'”

(Reddit: jaysendee)

9. “I’ve got a great idea: how about you broaden your literary horizons by reading the kibble bag while you feed me?”

(Instagram)

10. “… Is this not a pillow?”

(Reddit)

11. “You won’t have your precious book for long, Human — once I get my lil’ fangs on it!”

(Reddit: Cramjomlin)

12. “But … we’re OUTSIDE.”

(Reddit: DTIT1TD)

13. “I demand that this reading nonsense stop at once.”

(Reddit: Bobo_McGee)

14. “Okay doesn’t seem like there’s any treats in here — you can probably stop reading now.”

(Instagram)

15. “I’m going to nom at your book until you close it, Human.”

(Reddit: scumbagcoley)

16. “Why do you like this book? It doesn’t taste very good at all.”

(Instagram)

17. “Sorry, Human, but the news of the day is ME.”

(Reddit: MeGusta1497)

18. “What do you MEAN you can’t pet me right now??”

(Reddit: bonewolf)

19. “Waiting for you to stop reading is literally putting me to sleep.”

(Instagram)

20. “Is this bugging you? Is me staring at you bugging you? Is it? Huh?”

(Reddit: EveryDayImJocelyn)

21. “I bet that book isn’t nearly as cuddly as I am.”

(Instagram)

22. “Okay, Human. That’s it. Put down the book, or you’ll find it shredded all over the house tomorrow.”

Letter to the King

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A young ME sufferer, made wise beyond his years, writes a poignant letter to King Harald of Norway.

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Letter to King Harald of Norway from Martin and 58 other young people with M.E.

ME mum’s confessions proudly presents an important letter to King Harald from Martin (17). The letter is also signed by 58 other children and youngsters with M.E. (Norwegian original)

Photo: NTB Scanpix Photo: NTB Scanpix

A shortened version of the letter was published in the leading Norwegian newspaper aftenposten.no and was also in the printed paper. In the paper, this was an important contribution to the ongoing debate on M.E. We recommend reading the full version. Both the letter and the following quotes make a strong impression.

In addition to the letter, the King received all the senders’ names and how long they’ve been sick, a list of 47 quotes and 5 pages with photos of the young ones. We have chosen to remove personalia here. The original was sent to the royal castle December 7th

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Most of us are sitting around a table, sharing a festive meal with family and friends, enjoying each others company.

Today, I am welcoming a friend into my home and into my family. For this, I am thankful. Thankful for being able to do this for a woman whom I consider a sister and who has been there for me many a time. Thankful that, while I can help her, she is willing to help me as well. Thankful that she understands my illness and treats me the same as she always has – with love and respect.

 

Today, I give thanks for all of the understanding, love and support I receive from my family. The road I travel would be a lot more difficult without it.

Today, I give thanks to the people with ME/CFS, who are using the little bit of energy they have, and their supporters, to advocate for this invisible illness. Together we are fighting an uphill battle – one that has been made necessary by neglect and abuse from the medical community. I am thankful that I have enough energy to join the fight.

In fact, everyday I am thankful for all of the above and more.

Thank you for reading this blog!

Kat careers

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Shrimp, from “Hairball Express”, is showing off some family photos for a career day of sorts. What a talented family cat-tree!

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So many people still think we kats just lay around all day and do nothing. Well, meet some of my extended family members who have their own careers (which their humans know nothing about).

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Uncle Tommy became a butler- and he earns more money than his humans.

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Miss Molly is a high (kat) fashion model.

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Sam (my great, great, great uncle on my daddy’s side), models fur a major retailer. But he insisted on keeping his original tail.

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Sister Patches was an actress- PURRoblem is, she never knew when to quit acting….

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My daddy’s fourteenth cousin on his mother’s brother’s side -(I furgot his name)- was a newspaper editor…until he got fired fur sleeping on the job.

🐟 Happy Wednesday! 🐟

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