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Posted by Lynn on
Happy new website launch day Linda & Jeanne! I hope this design and webware serve you well for many years to come.
Lynn Schirmer
Posted by Linda MacDonald on
Thanks so much Lynn. Jeanne and I truly appreciate your creativity and expertise in creating a new look and format for our website. We are now well positioned for the 21st Century.

with care, ~Linda~
Posted by Gord Jennings on
I stumbled across your webpage as I was reading an article about the woman from NS who was subjected to abuse by her family, for years.

As a father, grandfather and as a man I was horrified by what I read. I worked, for a time, as a social worker and, having lead a sheltered existence, my eyes were opened very quickly to the degradations that many women experience at the hands of "loved ones". I burnt out from the experience, largely because the women in question often suffered as much at the hands of the judiciary and Government "Service" agencies that were supposed to help them. The really sad thing was that most of the people who recognized a need for change were called "trouble makers" and "rocking the boat". I'm glad that there are people out there, like yourselves, who are making trouble and rocking the boat. Please keep doing what you're doing.

God bless you both,

Posted by Gracie on
I came across your website today while searching for some semblance of help or at least validation for what I endured. I suffered what you describe from my family of origin from birth through age 16. Because my abusers were not politically motivated, I am excluded from any torture survivor help in my country, so the only resources I have found are for survivors of standard domestic violence. What I survived is exponentially more than that (stuff like being abducted from custody, being bound, caged, trafficked and regularly tortured for years on end are not in the realm of every day experiences...) and nobody seems to understand why I can't just "get over it". I wonder if you might have advice as to how to go about seeking adequate help? My financial resources are severely limited due to my inability to work because of what happened to me so paying "out of pocket" for appropriate care is not possible. Even just access to an online support group of people with similar experiences would be better than no one at all understanding what is happening to me... is there any help out there for people like me?

Thank you for listening.
Posted by marc on

I am glad to find you are there for those who face such a confusing reality.I have cometo believe I am one of those. Rather I have to accept. As an adlt who has literally been captive where does a person go to seek assistance or do we ontinue to live in a circular hell.I am specifically asking about.Thank you
Posted by Penny Eizenga on
I heard you interviewed on Women's Media Centre, one of the podcasts I regularly listened to and was so moved by your work.
I strongly urge you to include a DONATION component to your website, so people can feel free to easily provide financial assistance to the important work you do.
Posted by Larryleabe on
If you have difficulty sleeping, it may be a symptom of sleep apnea. Lots of people deal with this condition every day, and it is often a problem that is quite unpleasant to manage. But the good news is that there are effective treatments out there. Read this article to learn some basic information about recognizing and treating sleep apnea.

Skip sleeping pills if you are prone to bouts of sleep apnea. You may feel you need them to get to sleep, but they have a similar effect as alcohol on the body. They also have additional side effects besides the obvious ones. Stay away if you want to lessen your sleep apnea symptoms.

Some people have problems using the CPAP machine to deal with their sleep apnea. The best advice is to stick with it. It is not a cure, but it does treat your sleep apnea. If you stop using it, you still have sleep apnea, so you need to keep using the machine regularly.

If you suffer from sleep apnea and you use a CPAP, carry your medical ID. If you need medical attention, it's vital that the people treating you know about your condition and that you use a CPAP machine. Your ID should tell people about your sleep apnea, your use of a CPAP, and the proper pressure level for it.

Understand the effects that smoking and drinking alcohol have on sleep apnea, if you are trying to get a grip on your quality of sleep. Smoking enlarges airways, while alcohol can relax them too much, both of which will contribute to the symptoms of sleep apnea severely. Consider making the necessary cut-backs that will cut down on your sleep problems.

Clear up your nasal passage before heading to bed. If you suffer from sleep apnea and have problems with a "stuffed up" nose, using a nasal spray or device can help clear your nasal airway. This is not a permanent solution, but one you can use when your apnea symptoms are the worst.

Consider an alternative sleep apnea flower remedy therapy (also known as essence therapy). Vervain is used in this treatment for its calming and relaxing effects. This can help treat your symptoms, including insomnia problems associated with your apnea. As an added bonus, it also helps reduce overall stress and lower high blood pressure.

Drink one cup of caffeinated coffee a few hours before you go to sleep. It may seem silly to drink a caffeine drink at night, but this can actually help keep your throat open while you sleep. You may have to play around with what time you drink the coffee to avoid restlessness.

If simple changes in your lifestyle, such as regular sleep hours and losing weight, have not eliminated your sleep apnea episodes, it is time to consult with a sleep specialist. The specific causes of your sleep apnea can be evaluated, and an individual treatment plan can be designed for you.

If you are concerned that you may suffer from sleep apnea, it is important to be diagnosed right away. This way, you can start getting the treatment you need as quickly as possible. The advice you have read in this article can help you find the relief you need from this troublesome condition.

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