Loving Dog Adopts Orphaned Baby Opossum

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From Rumble 10/26/16

Hantu, a white German Shepherd, adopted Poncho, an orphaned baby opossum after animal rescuers found the infant opossum clinging to the side of his mother after she had been tragically hit by a car. The two now live together at the Rare Species Fund.

Watch this video and see this adorable pair’s story.

Check out http://www.RareSpeciesFund.org and http://www.MyrtleBeachSafari.com for more stories and information.

Solve ME/CFS Initiative Takes Part in #MillionsMissing Protest

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I have become home/bedbound with M.E. (Myalgic Encelphalomyelitis), which is why my blogging has all but disappeared. When my energy allows, I have been writing a new entry bit-by-bit with the hope of getting it online soon. In the meantime, I must reblog this important entry by Sunshinebright about the MillionsMissing Project. I did manage to tweet in support on May 25th, so I feel good about participating in my own small way. Many thanks to all who made the Project a successful protest. Now the test is to see where we go from here: did the people we needed to reach listen? Time, and possibly continueing the MillionsMissing Mission, will tell…

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Solve ME/CFS Initiative President Carol Head said that following last year’s Institute of Medicine report, there is no reason for the federal government to drag its feet on aggressively funding research on the disease.

“It is the role of NIH and CDC to care for the health of their citizens, and the health of those citizens is currently being funded by ourselves for ourselves,” Head said.

The protest included a series of demonstrations by ME/CFS patients and their loved ones at locations around the country and across the world, including: Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Philadelphia, London, Melbourne, Seattle, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Raleigh, Canada, the Netherlands and Belfast. Protesters in D.C. assembled outside the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) headquarters. Other U.S. protesters assembled outside the regional HHS offices.

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Millions Missing demonstration in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mary F. Calvert) #MillionsMissing demonstration in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mary F. Calvert)

The shoes represent the active lives lost by the owners…

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Brain Inflammation – Its Similarity In Autism and ME

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I have given this link to my daughter, as she was just stating today that she thinks she may have ME also. It may just be the Autism. We have noted several times that both she and I share certain “traits” in our illnesses. This may explain why.

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I follow “Onward Through the Fog,” a blog on blogspot, authored by Erica Verrillo, a talented person who suffers from ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis).  Her reports and research are top notch.

In this particular posting, Erica reports on the similarity of some findings affecting Autism and ME/CFS.  These findings have to do with brain inflammation.

A John Hopkins study acts as confirmation that excitotoxicity caused by chronic inflammation is central to autism.
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Excitotoxicity has been put forth as a mechanism of ME/CFS by a number of clinicians and researchers, including Drs. Paul Cheney, Jay Goldstein, Morris and Maes, Martin Pall, and, most recently, Jarred Younger.

 

 

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Where Does the Money Go?

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Don’t you hate when this happens? You shop, go to the checkout, get out your wallet and, uh-oh, wasn’t there a 5, 10 or 20 dollar bill in there just yesterday? As the cashier is impatiently waiting, a sigh of relief escapes your lips as a credit card is there to pay with. Walking to the car, purchases in hand and still thinking about the missing cash (“Did I spend it on something? Did I put it somewhere else?”), you cannot remember where the money went.

 

The good news: It may not be your memory at fault! If you are a cat owner, there may be a thief right in your own home. Several cat owners were able to catch their felines in the act (I give you the following video as proof!) Just think – a potential windfall may be hidden away in nooks and crannies around your house! A thorough Spring cleaning can be so rewarding, even the kids will want to help!

Without further ado, I present the evidence:

 

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.

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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! 🙂

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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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!