*Hey this is Bowlegged Lou of Full Force & here is a health news followup. FIRST, I implore ALL people but especially my African brothers and sisters who are statistically neglectful to get doctor checkups & examinations. Don’t take yourselves for granted.
Please go to the doctor or clinic for a simple checkup or examination. Don’t make yourself regret not checking up on YOU!! Do it now if you’ve been lazy or neglectful. Don’t wait till it’s almost too late to the point where you start playing catch up with your health. Life is too short.
Some of you may already know that I suffer from a disease call Retinitis Pigmentosa which is a disease of the eyes that medical doctors say eventually leads to blindness. I stay proactive and positive as I know God has his miracles.
I’m a strong advocate of supporting others so I want to make the spotlight shine on my dear friends which I call my twin engines. They are special diabetes nurses by the name of Shaun Rivers and Kimberly Ketter. They both also have congestive heart failure but they keep on keepin’ On. They both are Inspirations to me and many others. My Hope with a Vizion organization has aligned with their Case Management Associates Initiative. They both are also intricate twin engines with the American Heart Association. Please read their short inspirational story below of aligning and helping others. God bless them both !!
My name is Shaun Rivers and I am an Advanced Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist. My identical twin sister Kimberly Ketter, who is an Adult Nurse Practitioner and I own and operate Case Management Associates LLC Diabetes Wellness Center located in Petersburg, VA. It is a state-of-the-art diabetes wellness center with the goal of providing comprehensive holistic care for the persons living with diabetes by focusing on the mind, body and spirit. We have always had an interest in diabetes management, especially in the under-served communities. We have been in the nursing field for 25 years, and our journey has not always been an easy one. At the age of 40, my twin and I were diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure.
Kim started having vague symptoms of the disease such as shortness of breath and difficulty climbing stairs. She thought her symptoms may be due to being overworked or just not exercising enough. She fell ill during her shift in the emergency room and was referred to cardiology by her primary provider. The diagnosis was not what she expected.
Congestive Heart Failure or any type of heart disease did not run in our family. She did know that Congestive Heart Failure can be genetic. During the same time, I was having some of the same symptoms, but ignored them as well, thinking of course I was also overworked or de-conditioned. However, after discussing it with Kim, I went for a cardiac work up and was given the same devastating diagnosis of CHF. Kim and I have lived with CHF now for 9 years. We continue to use this diagnosis not as a crutch, but as a platform to educate the community on heart health and disease prevention.
One of our patients goes by the name of Mr. David Moore. We have had the pleasure of working with Mr Moore at Case Management Associates LLC & he is not only being seen for diabetes management, but also needed assistance with activities of daily living related to his visual impairment. Hope With a Vizion is an organization that has been instrumental in assisting us with meeting the needs of this sight impaired patient.
Bowlegged Lou of Full Force is the founder of Hope with a Vizion. He himself has a vision impaired eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. Bowlegged Lou remains positive and vigilant as he does all he can to be proactive and at the same time through his team & organization to help others with vision impaired deficiency.
Mr. David Moore has visual loss due to a disease called Ocular Sarcoidosis. A part of Mr. Moore’s struggle was that he was not coping well with his disability, therefore his diabetes was not controlled. He relied heavily on his wife and others for much of his activities of daily living including dosing and administering his daily insulin. After an in-depth conversation with Mr. Moore, we discovered that for us to better manage his diabetes, he must accept his limitations yet be able to function more independently.
Hope With a Vizion was that vehicle to assist us and Mr. Moore in obtaining that goal. Case Management Associates put Mr. Moore in contact with Hope With a Vizion’s Regina Hall(President) and Rhonda Lewis(Advocate) and they began to work with him to formulate a plan of care. Hope With a Vizion’s assessment concluded that Mr. Moore had been depressed since he lost his sight and was grieving his loss of independence.
Today, because of the work and efforts of Hope With a Vizion & personal uplifting conversations with Regina Hall, Bowlegged Lou and Rhonda Lewis…. Mr. Moore is in contact with the Virginia Rehab Center for The Blind and Vision Impaired where he will be re-assessed for self-management and independent living skills. Mr. Moore has become more independent and self-reliant. His outlook on life is more positive and because of the collaborative efforts between Case Management Associates LLC and Hope With a Vizion, his diabetes is better controlled.
(Also shout out to Katrina Dawson & Charmin Anderson of Hopewithavizion.org)
Kimberly Ketter MSN, RN AGNP-C, CDE
Case Management Associates LLC
Please check out short video below regarding diabetes & vision deficiency as Bowlegged Lou & Mr David Moore share a little bit of their story & testimonial about their health journey.
Is Pres. Elect Biden Obama’s 3rd Term? & What 44 Said About Black America’s Progress Under His Watch on ‘Breakfast Club’ (VIDEO)
*Attorney Antonio Moore discusses the recent Obama Breakfast Club interview during his Book tour.
Moore harshly critiques the interview of Pres. Obama performed by Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee.
He also looks closer at President Elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks and measures them again Barack Obama & Bill Clinton’s prior administrations.
The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)
*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.
The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.
“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”
Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”
The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.
“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”
Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”
In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.
“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”
Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.
“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”
Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”
New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’
*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.
“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).
It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.
EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.
Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars. As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.
This year has been a year like no other. “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead. Radio Programmers click here for adds.
“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA. Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita. The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture. “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms. Click here to listen on Spotify.
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