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Tamara Moore
520 days ago

My name is Tamara and I am 43 years old. Up until 5 years ago, I was an active person: worked full time at Childrens Hospital in Columbus, OH, was in my 3rd year of Nursing school at Columbus Community College and was your typical soccer mom for my 2 boys and busy keeping my teenage daughter focused to graduate from high school! I started having some breathing issues and was diagnosed with asthma at first. After about a year or so my breathing was worse and I was reevaluated. I was then told I had ephysema. This went on for two years. I ended up retiring from my job in 2005 because i started missing work and increasing my admissions to the hospital. In 2009, I moved into my mothers house in Akron. I was admitted to the hospital in November 2009, was released and then readmitted 4 days later. The Pulmonologist that was seeing me said he was going figure out what was going on with me. What they did know was that i had nodules in my lungs that either moved, grew or disappeared every 6 months on my CT scans. He performed a biopsy and about 4 weeks later he called and informed me that i had a rare bacterial infection called Nocardia. It is transmitted through dirt or soil. Apparently, I had the infection for a while, although no one can say for how long. I then had to be treated with IV antibiotics for 6 weeks. I was admitted to a special care facility used to rehab patients after surgeries and such and for long antibiotic IV use. After the 6 weeks I had to be treated with yet another antibiotic that i took 3 times a day for a year. My lungs are scarred for life. The damage is done and cant be reversed. I am now on 4 liters of oxygen that I have to wear 24/7. It is difficult for me to travel because of the amount of oxygen I use. My portable tanks last about 2-4 hours. I live with my mom in Akron so she can take care of me but my children and granddaughters still live in Columbus, OH. I miss them deeply and they dont get to travel to see me much. Unfortunately, there arent many support groups for COPD and asthma, and even so, I would not have enough portable oxygen (unless I take 2 tanks). This is also the reason I am unable to travel to Columbus to see my children. I can get my oxygen company to bring an oxygen concentrator to my hotel but again, I would be stuck there most of the time. I have COPD, asthma, O2 dependent, high ammonia levels, high CO2 levels, high blood pressure, Cushing's Syndrome, PFO...there are other problems as well and these are all the cause of extensive and high doses of steriods over a long period of time. I gained 65 pounds last year because of it. I dont look like the same person. I am in the process of getting dental work done so I can feel good about my smile again but it is costing more than what i thought! Anyway, I was just wondering on how I could go about developing a chat regarding this. I am in the hospital every month for about 7 to 18 days, I get no visitors (mom may come once and stay for about an hour for my entire hospital stay) i am extremely depressed about not having any friends to talk to, my body image has changed 100%, i cannot find a diet that works for me, and to top it off, i had to sell my car. I havent drove for over a year due to being scared something will happen with my oxygen and not having any when im out driving. Now i need to find a new car and my mom sold my car for nothing. I started shopping online and i think i am addicted!! seriously though, i think having a website would be helpful for me to chat with others...and as soon as i can stay out of the hospital for awhile, i am wanting to go back to college again and get my degree for couseling addicts.

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Brian Albrecht
605 days ago

Hi ellen ,
I am 18 years old and live in Reynoldsburg Ohio. I am a hugmungous fan and I had a question for the last year and a half I have been making an app for diabetics and I want to move forward. I didn't now any other way to get ahold of you guys other than this. My mom was diagnosed with type 2 about 18 months ago, and we found that she was having difficulties with things. So I started designing this app for iPhones. I talked to the American diabetes association and the central Ohio diabetes association and I am still to get it working. The reason I am emailing you is because I need help. To make the app I either have to have a company make it or make it my self. I started making it my self and it didn't work. So I am not asking for a donation but if you would like to that would be great, I was wondering if you could help me by getting the word out to help me or give me a idea of how too. If you want me to explain more just email me ( or message me on my Facebook (brian albrecht) or twitter (@brunner11). Or even by phone (614-266-7846). Thank you so much and your show is amazing.
thank you,
brian albrecht

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Pennie Fay
647 days ago

41 Harvard Street
Westbury, NY 11590
516 351-5709
EIN: 460...767050. Number of notice: CP575E

I am sending this letter to many corporations for a fundraiser we are having next month. I am not asking you for gift certificates. Our plan is to start small and eventually grow from State to State. That will take a lot of money and time. What I am asking for is sponsors, friends of friends to help us through our goals. We will be starting a national campaign PSA, "Share The Road, Save A Life!" ...Be aware of all motorists around you....maybe we can include texting and cell phones into the PSA? My mind is running with a million ideas a minute. I want to save as many people as I can and see to it that other families don't have to go through the LEGAL nightmare we are experiencing! We need pledges as well as corporations and non profits that we can partner with.

Our Mission: To Save Lives
Our Goal: To help everyone in every State. That will take years to accomplish! Its 1 step at a time, 1 state at a a time, 1 Philanthropist at a time. I ask you help us spread the word as well as help donate to our cause. Our letter explains our hopes.

Please, if you can.forward corporations and organizations I can speak with, write to and pair up with...a good example is an organization for prosthesis, etc... Also, what steps and who/where/what/how/when... we will need to contact for funding in creating our PSA. Tomorrow is 19 weeks since Stephen was killed. We must get our message out there as well as see to it High School's, Driver's ED and Driving Schools add this to their curriculum all over the country.

The kid who drove on the Southern State with a learner's permit and killed 4 teenagers is the same old song. Hopefully, when your bill reaches the assembly and if it passes through them and then the senate, people will be held accountable for their actions, or inaction's. That too is a sad story. But, its a 511....FOR NOW! With GOD'S Grace...we can change that,

I never envisioned myself to be an activist and philanthropist. But, this is what I need to do. Its not only to keep Stephen's dreams and Legacy alive, its to help other families and their loved ones, even more important, it to save lives.

My name is Pennie Fay. I am President and on the Board of Directors of “Stephen joseph Fay Memorial Fund, INC. My son Stephen was killed this past June 5, 2012 just 1 day shy of his 20th Birthday by a truck driver with a suspended license. We buried him on his 20th Birthday. He was on his way to summer session @ NCC. He was supposed to start Stoney Brook this fall for the Pre-Med Bridge Program.

Our Mission: To Save Lives.
Our Goal: To become National with our Message and Financial Medical Assistance.
Our Future: With GOD'S GRACE, we plan to help people all over AMERICA.
It takes 1 day at a time, 1 step at a time, 1 event at a time, 1 county at a time, 1 borough at a time and 1 state at a time until we help the entire Unites States.

We are in the stages of planning Bike Rides, 5K Runs, Golf Outings and various other ARTS related fundraisers along with accepting Financial Donations, starting an on-line merchandise store in addition to his Legacy Page, which too will allow for donations.

It will take years to accomplish a National Non-Profit. We ask that you please help us start up and assist us in saving lives, together!

We are seeking Donations, Contributions or Gift Cards to raffle off for our upcoming event on November 27, 2012 as well as future fund-raising events. We gladly accept financial donations as well!

We plan on growing, its 1 county at a time, 1 borough at a time, 1 state at a time, with financial medical assistance for those in need. This will take years to accomplish and will need funding to get to where we need to be. Our future Projects consist of: NATIONAL PSA’s, aka PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS...”Share the Road, Save a Life” and recommend that High Schools, Driver's ED and Driving School's add that to their curriculum all over the country. That too will take years to accomplish. Yes, we are starting small, through Activism and Education we will Save Lives on a National Level in years to come.

For Now: The Beginning....stages, we are a 2 Part Non-Profit Organization:

1) Every year a wrestling candidate from Carle Place HS will be the recipient of an all-expense paid wrestling camp scholarship.

2) As we continue to grow...we will cover medical costs for those in need in Nassau County after any motor vehicle accident, motorcycle accident. Pedestrian struck accident...whether or not they do or don't have insurance...we will financially help them with the costs of hospitalizations, surgery, emotional and physical therapy, medicine, prosthesis, supportive care, etc... Insurance always has a cap and denies necessary treatment on a constant. We intend to help with that financially. We will not be referring victims to professionals, we will assist them with their financial needs.

We also fought for Stephen's Law: THIS JANUARY ASSEMBLY SESSION WILL RECEIVE "STEPHEN'S LAW!": Senator Jack martins, DA Maureen McCormick and DA Kathleen Rice finished writing "Stephen's Law", which represents: Any motor vehicle operator, of any vehicle who operates a vehicle with a suspended license/and or are unlicensed and are in an accident where they cause bodily injury or fatality, shall be charged with a felony, in lieu of a misdemeanor! We are fighting for this law...a pure common sense law. It will NOT be grandfathered in for our Stephen, will help the many other Stephen's and their families in years to come.

We are having an OPEN MIKE NIGHT @ Hunter's Pub in Carle Place on Saturday November 24, 2012 @ 7 PM until closing and are seeking for performers of all ARTS/ACTS, Musicians, Bands, Singers, Karaoke Singers, Rappers, Dancers, Actors, Theater performers, Monologues, Skits, Poetry, Reciting Writers, Comedians, Dancers, Circus Performers, Clowns, Mime and Any Artistic Genre available.

Stephen was the Captain of his wrestling team and all County Champion. He died on his way to summer session on June 5, 2012 for his Biology II class. He was in the bridge program for Pre-Med from NCC to Stoney Brook. He was supposed to graduate early. By us doing this, we will keep his wrestling alive as well as help him become a Doctor!

Please help us continue his Legacy and help other victims and their families in years to come. Thank you! Pennie Fay

Please see:

Thank you,

Pennie Fay
President, Board of Directors
41 Harvard Street
Westbury, NY 11590
516 351-5709

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