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Loss of a child to addiction disrupts natural order

When a couple make the decision to have a child, a natural plan begins to fall into place. With great anticipation they wait for that happy plan to become reality — birthdays, elementary school, high school, college, marriage and eventually grandchildren. Never does that plan include the devastating loss of a child due to addiction.

Day after day we hear about opiate-related deaths in our region and across the country.  Children are dying outside of the “natural order,” and when it occurs it sends people into a tailspin. We’re just not supposed to outlive our children. 

While there is really no “getting over” such a loss, you can begin to integrate it into your life. It’s important to understand that grief is a long journey and finding normalcy takes time. You don't wake up one day and everything's good again.

South Buffalo Awareness/Remembrance Walk for Hope Set for May 21

South Buffalo Awareness/Remembrance Walk for Hope Set for May 21

The first South Buffalo Awareness/Remembrance Walk for Hope, to raise awareness for individuals and families impacted by depression and/or addiction, will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in Cazenovia Park.

“South Buffalo and the entire Buffalo Niagara region have been hit hard in recent years by depression-related deaths,” said event organizer Mike Blake. “Suicide and accidental overdoses have unfortunately become increasingly prevalent. We encourage friends and family members who have lost loved ones too soon, for any reason, to walk and remember them in their own way.

Keep the Streets Safe this St. Patrick’s Day: Don’t Drink and Drive!

Keep the Streets Safe this St. Patrick’s Day: Don’t Drink and Drive!

With fun parades, a large Irish community and no shortage of pubs in which to celebrate, St. Patrick’s Day is a huge event in Buffalo and Western New York. But when excessive alcohol becomes part of the equation, St. Patrick’s Day can quickly turn tragic.

As one of the country’s most popular holidays, St. Patrick’s Day has long celebrated the roots of 34.2 million Americans with Irish ancestry, and many more who just want to partake in the festivities. However, did you know that in 2014 there were 18 people killed in drunk-driving crashes on St. Paddy’s Day? This year, if you’ll be drinking alcohol, remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving!

Improving Indoor Air Quality Can Improve Your Overall Health

Improving Indoor Air Quality Can Improve Your Overall Health

Have you ever stopped to think about the quality of the air you’re breathing? While air quality is usually out of your control when you’re outdoors or in a place of business, you can most definitely do something about the air you breathe in your home.

There are many things that can contribute to poor air quality, especially in heavily insulated homes that can trap air inside. Following are just a few of the many causes:
• Inadequate fresh air supply and/or poor ventilation system maintenance. 
• Pollutants given off by building or furnishing materials. 
• Pollutants from standard household items such as cleaning products, appliances, pesticides, and off-gases from new materials.
• Microorganisms or other biological contaminants.
• Contaminants brought into the building from outside, such as exhausts from sanitary stacks, boiler stacks, natural gas vents or flues. 

Organization Offers Support to Pregnant Women with Cancer

Organization Offers Support to Pregnant Women with Cancer

The Pregnancy & Cancer Registry is a growing database of women from around the world who have been diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. The database was developed by Dr. Elyce Cardonick, a nationally recognized expert in maternal-fetal medicine. 

Dr. Cardonick has been helping pregnant women diagnosed with cancer have healthy babies for 17 years. These women are very brave, and at first want to deny themselves cancer treatment during pregnancy because they are afraid it will hurt their fetus. 

Take the Chill Out of Winter with Spray Foam Insulation 

Take the Chill Out of Winter with Spray Foam Insulation 

It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. What if there was one resolution that would benefit you, the stability of your home and the environment all at the same time? Now that sounds like a resolution worth keeping!

If you want to pull off the triple crown of resolutions, you may want to look into the advantages of polyurethane spray foam insulation for your home.

How will spray foam insulation benefit you personally? That’s simple; it will put more money in your wallet! Homeowners who turn to a proven product such as Foamsulate to properly insulate their homes can expect long-term savings of 40 percent or more on their heating and cooling costs. 

Catholic Charities, Partners Embark on Caregiver Initiative Designed to Cover Seven Counties

Catholic Charities, Partners Embark on Caregiver Initiative Designed to Cover Seven Counties

Catholic Charities of Buffalo and its eight partners are mobilizing for a January 1 start for the comprehensive Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, the result of a $7.5 million award announced recently by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Through the five-year grant, a focused, collaborative service network is being developed to support and impact caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia across seven counties in Western New York.  The goal is to expand the safety net for caregivers by recognizing and addressing the need for supports and stress reduction strategies.