Think You’re Tough?

Think you are tough, think you are having a bad day?

▪︎There is a less than a 1% chance of getting Breast Cancer again after undergoing double mastectomies but cancer has shown no mercy to Tracy Baker and her kids.
▪︎Tracy tackled breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 34. She endured months of chemotherapy and her breasts were removed. One battle with cancer is tragedy enough for a family but this family is faced with a SECOND cancer.

Tracy has been diagnosed with cancer, TWICE! Check out her head shaving video that went viral at https://www.medgift.com/help-tracy-baker-fight-breast-cancer  Tracy is the definition of tough.

When You Are Diagnosed with Cancer

When you are diagnosed with cancer there’s plenty of help there, you just have to find it.  Check out the following Reuter’s blog post by Debra Sherman.

http://blogs.reuters.com/cancer-in-context/2013/09/19/got-cancer-theres-help-out-there-you-just-have-to-find-it/

Another great resource is the Dragon Master Foundation (DMF) which is a not for profit organization staffed by volunteers that maintains a list of resources for those diagnosed with cancer.  Check it out at  http://www.dragonmasterfoundation.org/resources.

MedGift recognizes the needs of those undergoing a medical or health related crisis are complex.  These needs may include emotional support from friends and loved ones, ability to keep everyone in your support community apprised of your progress, you may may need financial assistance for non-covered expenses, you may need specific items such as a wheel chair, hospital bed etc and/or you may need help with routine activities such as meals, house work, transportation etc.  MedGift support pages address each of these needs in a simple, fast and easy to use manner.   MedGift, the vision of Diem Brown, is a totally free, not for profit that is refreshingly different.  Check us out MedGift at www.medgift.com.

 

Bill Reif MSPT on Self Treating Trigger Points to Relieve Muscle Tension Headaches

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Bill Reif, MSPT is a friend of MedGift who has over 30 years experience treating muscle tension induced headaches.  He is the co-author of The Back Pain Secret: The Real Cause of Women’s Back Pain and How to Treat It which is available on Amazon (just click the link to read more or order).

Bill has written the following overview exclusively for readers the MedGift Voice.  Thanks Bill and we look forward to more posts in the near future.
How to Self-treat Trigger Points -the #1 Cause of Muscle Tension Headaches
Up to 80% of all headaches are caused by muscle tension brought on by stress, poor posture or trauma.
 
We all deal with emotional and physical stress in different ways. Problems arise when we lose our ability to overcome that stress. This can happen during illness, when we undergo financial or family hardship, when we become a caregiver or lose a job, or lose a loved one.
 
The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with the knowledge and tools to reduce the stress and assist you in self treatment of the pain and headaches that tight muscles may cause.
 
Q. What is a trigger point? We all have these taut, hyperexcitable bands within our skeletal muscles. Bands, which when “turned on” or activated produce pain, headaches, numbness, tingling, and or weakness elsewhere in our body.
 
Stress in the neck may cause shoulder, elbow or hand symptoms, like headaches, pins and needles, tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome. Stress and activation of trigger points in the back or buttocks may trigger leg symptoms, like sciatica.
 
Q. What activates trigger points? Bad posture, repetitive motion, trauma, stress.
 
Q. Which muscles are usually involved?
 
Stress often activates trigger points in two primary muscles. The Sternocleidomastoid and the upper trapezius. (See illustration below)
 
The X’s show common trigger points in these two muscles. When activated by stress these points produce headaches in common patterns seen above in these illustrations.
 
Q. What de-activates trigger points? These 5 things will help the most in treating and preventing headaches.
 
1. Breathing and relaxation techniques
 
2. Meditation : learn to increase awareness of your body and you can learn to reduce the tension in those muscles which cause headaches.
 
3. Stretching: learn to stretch  the neck and shoulder muscles which are short and possess trigger points which cause your headaches.
 
4. Massage: deep tissue massage can decrease the muscle tension in those tight muscles. Massage tools can help.
 
5. Posture: adjusting your seat position in car, home and work can realign your spine which in turn reduces the muscle tension causing headaches.
 
Bill Rief, MSPT

 

PageSix Covers Diem’s Celebration at Rumble Boxing In NYC

The MedGift fundraiser and celebration of MedGift co-founder Diem Brown’s life was a rockum-sockum success.  Check out PageSix’s article on the bash:

Rumble Boxing Crew
Rumble Boxing Crew

“Diem Brown‘s birthday was celebrated just how she would have wanted it.  Diem loved working out, jumping around to music and spending time with friends, which is exactly what we did last night,” her sister Megan told Page Six of Monday night’s fundraiser at New York’s Rumble Boxing.” – Megan Brown Clarke

MedGift Co-founders Mark Edelstein (left) and Diem's sister Megan Brown Clarke join Rumble's co-owner Noah Newman
MedGift Co-founders Mark Edelstein (left) and Diem’s sister Megan Brown Clarke join Rumble’s co-owner Noah Newman

Co-founders Mark Edelstein and Megan Brown Clarke joined over 100 MedGift fans at the fundraiser.

Visit www.medgift.com to see what all the fuss is about or visit www.medgift.com/i-support-medgift to help us help others.

Diem Brown Birthday RUMBLE

Please join us in commemorating Diem’s birthday at Rumble Boxing for an evening representing all things D: sweating + jamming out all while fighting the good fight oh behalf of MedGift!diem-BD-Pic

Your (tax deductible) ticket includes the cost of class, rental boxing gloves, wraps, a water bottle and surprise swag + treats!

Reserve ASAP as spots are limited. We can’t wait to see you all there!

Keep the Fight Alive.

*Can’t attend and still want to support D’s legacy? Donate below or directly to MedGift on her behalf! (a 501(c) tax deduction)

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-wanna-f-i-g-h-t-for-somebody-an-event-commemorating-diem-browns-birthday-tickets-34729600169?aff=ebdsorderfblightbox

Support MedGift through Amazon Smile

Reminder: The simplest way to support MedGift day to day is to sign up for Amazon Smile! Take seconds. First go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and BOOKMARK this as a favorite! amazonSmile-1The first time there you will be prompted as to which charity you would like amazon to donate to. Type MedGift in search and select! From then on amazon makes a small donation for each purchase you make!! Remember, you must make purchases through smile.amazon.com, instead of just amazon.com. The site operates in the exact same way! An easy peasy way to feel good about every purchase you make! Check it out – its a no-brainer.

Meagan Glover – MedGift Ambassador Extraordinaire

MedGift Ambassador Program

MedGift’s Ambassadors act as point people and liaisons to individual communities and personal networks regarding how to best utilize MedGift and its unique features for patients, families and advocates.

MedGift is  non-profit connecting those who need with those who care.
MedGift is a non-profit connecting those who need with those who care.

MedGift’s focus is helping those undergoing medical and health-related hardships – our users are dealing with challenges much more complicated than figuring out to raise money to take a dream vacation. As a result, our ambassadors, who have practical experience with the complexities of navigating the healthcare maze offer invaluable insights and empathy to those experiencing a need. Meagan Glover exemplifies all the wonderful traits our ambassadors share: empathy, sensitivity and how best to use MedGift’s unique capabilities. Take a minute to read her story, if you would like to reach out to Meagan email her at Ambassador@MedGift.com, subject line: attn. Meagan

Megan’s Story

Meagan’s son, Camden has short bowel syndrome, a rare and serious illness that resulted from a Camden with mom and dad Camden with mom and  dad[/caption]midgut volvulus the day after his birth. He has a broviac cathether designed to deliver nutrition/hydtration directly to his heart to sustain his life and a g-tube. In an effort to save his life Meagan and her husband transferred Camden’s care to Boston Children’s Hospital to enroll him in a clinical trial to start a medication to save his liver from the same IV nutrition that was keeping him alive. Far from home, and having to put Meagan’s career as a speech-language pathologist on permanent hold, the medical expenses were large. A close friend started a MedGift account for Meagan’s family to help sustain her family financially and emotionally during a very difficult time and while they sought treatment far from their home in the Southern US. ‘MedGift made a profound difference for our family, it’s was the greatest gift we could have received during our fight- and knowing Diem Brown‘s legacy was behind it all gave us the courage to fight despite challenging times.’

Interested in Becoming a MedGift Ambassador?

if you are interested in learning more about the MedGift Ambassador program and how you can make a difference reach out to us via email at Ambassador@MedGift.com.  Visit MedGift today!

Faith Brown is Rocking it on Fox’s Star.

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Star – Fox’s show about the music industry

Cudos to Faith Brown for rocking Fox’s Star television program about the music industry.  Faith is the younger sister of MedGift co-founder and visionary Diem Brown and MedGift partner and Fox News Vice President Megan Brown.  Check out Faith’s amazing dance performance beginning around the 2:11 mark in the following youtube video released by the show:  Gooder Than A Mother” – Cast of Star – JR Taylor.

Heather’s Heroes Raises Over $12,000 in Less Than 6 Days

Heather's Heroes
Heather’s Heroes

Less than one week after Lindsey Sells published a MedGift support page for her friend Heather Morris, Heather’s supporters have contributed well over their goal of raising ten thousand dollars.  In less than 6 days, Heather’s MedGift support page has raised $12,140 or 21% more than the original goal.  Of course, MedGift’s support page didn’t make this happen,  it was Heather’s generous support community that deserves all the credit.  MedGift’s role was to provide a resource that connected Heather with all those who care.  Check Heather’s story at Heather’s Heroes.  Please consider sharing this post with your friends. MedGift is the only not-for-profit, completely free, COMPREHENSIVE resource for connecting those in need with those who care.

#DIEMSTRONG LA Join the Battle – Beat Rare Cancers

Saturday, March 4th, Kelly Hendrix and her three bike team will be riding in honor of our dear friend Diem Brown, MedGift cofounder and visionary.  From the Cycle For Survival Website:

As part of Team #DIEMSTRONG, it’s our goal to spread Diem’s message in helping others and inspiring everyone to live life for that day and to the fullest. Please help promote her legacy and spread the word about the causes Diem was so passionate about.

Diem’s sister, Megan, partner at MedGift said it best: To pay tribute to Diem is to live your life like Diem, so “Live Hard. Love Hard. Dance Hard.” To be #DIEMSTRONG is to love life, always have hope, and fight for what you want no matter how difficult a challenge you face.

100% of every dollar you give goes directly to pioneering research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK).

Why this is important to us:

PATIENTS DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TREATMENT OPTIONS.
For many rare cancer patients, there is no game plan or treatment protocol—and that’s a very scary thing. Cycle for Survival is committed to changing this reality through funding new clinical trials, studies, and research initiatives to propel forward progress. In its first ten years, Cycle for Survival has already raised more than $100 million—and we will not stop until we beat rare cancers.

To support Team #DiemStrong visit #DIEMSTRONG LA today!