Lee County Emphasis Days
Chiari Malformation Awareness
September 19, 2014
Chiari (kee-AR-ee) malformation is a serious neurological disorder where the lower part of the brain, the cerebellum (which controls balance and coordination) descends into the spinal canal. Since the skull is not big enough, the tips of the cerebellum, called the cerebellar tonsils, are pushed down through the foramen magnum (the bottom part of the skull) where the brain attaches to the spinal cord. The tonsils obstruct the normal flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF, which surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord) and the resulting pressure on both the brain and spine causes many symptoms. Many Chiarians (people with Chiari) also suffer from syringomyelia (sear-IN-go-my-EEL-ya), a disorder in which a fluid-filled cyst (or syrinx) forms within the spinal cord. The syrinx can expand over time and, if not treated, can cause paralysis.
PTSD, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people will have stress reactions that do not go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged, and these symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly impair the person’s daily life.
Blue and Green Day
April 11, 2014
The need for donated organs, corneas and tissue continues to grow. More than 121,000 men, women and children currently await lifesaving organ transplants.
There are currently 2,500 Virginians waiting for transplants, 2,000 of those are children.
Last year, more than 25,000 lives were saved through organ transplants. Similarly, more than one million tissue transplants are performed each year in heart surgeries and treatment of diseases and injuries such as bone reconstruction and joint repair - offering patients a new change at healthy, productive and normal lives.
Registering your decision to donate relieves your family of having to make a decision for you at a difficult time. It will also allow you to give someone the most precious give in the world.... LIFE. By becoming an organ donor, you can save and heal the lives of more than 50 people.
Dress in Blue Day
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day
March 7, 2014
On Friday March 7, 2014, several Courthouse employees dressed in blue to promote Colorectal Cancer Awareness.
Colorectal Cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society's estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2014 are:
- 96,830 new cases of colon cancer
- 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer
Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer. Screening is the process of looking for cancer or pre-cancer in people who have no symptoms of the disease