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Life with multiple sclerosis for children and parents

May 20, 2015

A patient of mine said that if he did not tell his children about his MS, he would have missed 10 years of their support.

The article, Informing the Children When a Parent Is Diagnosed as Having Multiple Sclerosis, mentions chronic neurological disease in one person affects the entire family and has a significant impact on the lives of children. Typically, when a person is diagnosed with MS, information from the health care provider is disseminated to the "ill" person, who then informs the rest of the family. However, children in the family are seldom the primary recipients of information delivered by health care professionals. Unfortunately, it has been reported that children without "thorough" information about their parents' MS have lower emotional well being than those who are better educated.

Sharing Knowledge with Nursing Colleagues in China

May 18, 2015
As the Swedish Cancer Institute’s (SCI) Director of Quality and Clinical Practice, I  recently went to China to advocate for the nurses role in cancer supportive care and patient education.  Sponsored by Merck Oncology, I spoke at the Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV) Summit in Beijing to 200 providers from across China.

Prosser Kid Refuses to Let Multiple Sclerosis Steal his Childhood

May 15, 2015
12 year old Luke Merritt deals with MS everyday but refuses to let the disease steal his childhood.

Dealing with Vaginal Prolapse

May 13, 2015
Women's bodies change with time, and as I advise my patients, it takes conscientious effort to counteract gravity, aging, and time's effects on our bodies. One of our most vulnerable places for feeling the pull of gravity over time, is our vaginal support. When the vaginal supports fail, this is called vaginal prolapse, or pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

Office Location Changing June 8, 2015 from First Hill to Madison Valley

May 12, 2015

As of June 8, 2015, Sandra C. Walker will be relocating her practice to Seattle's Madison Valley.  

Walk MS 2015 a Success for the Swedish MS Walk Team

May 11, 2015
Thank you to all who walked in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk MS event to raise awareness about MS and help fund a cure. With over 170 team members, and over $15,000 raised, the Swedish MS Center, Neuro-ophthalmic Consultants of NW, and Seattle Radiologists team well exceeded the fundraising goal of $10,000. To kick off the event, the “Swedish Smyelin Babes” running team lead by Neurologist, Lily Jung Henson, ran the inaugural 5K race at 8 a.m. Around 10 a.m., the Swedish MS Walk Team along with nearly 5,000 individuals walked along the Burke Gilman Trail in support of MS, family members, friends and colleagues.

Outstanding Pediatric Neurology Care at Swedish

May 11, 2015
On Jackson Sullivan’s third day of life, his parents learned that their tiny son had suffered a stroke.  Dr. Ednea Simon, a pediatric neurologist, took charge of the struggling newborn’s care during his month-long stay at Swedish. Dr. Simon closely monitored Jackson’s progress and became more optimistic as each day passed.

Patient Story: Anti-Reflux Surgery Cures 30 Years of GERD Symptoms

May 11, 2015

"I began experiencing heartburn symptoms in my mid-thirties and was in my forties when I first had GERD issues.  My symptoms were aggravated greatly with menopause and grew progressively worse as the years went along.  By the time I was 55 my reflux was something I dealt with when eating and drinking late at night.  If I went to a party and ate rich foods in the evening, I often woke up a few hours after falling asleep with acid shooting up from my stomach and getting trapped in my throat..."

Medical Mission in Ethiopia Month 8 Part 2

May 11, 2015
It has been an emotional week.  Quite likely the most difficult emotional week since our arrival.  On Thursday we received an email from my Dad.  The email heading was, “Kulshan 1999-2015.”  My heart became a ball of aluminum foil.  Oh no.  Our beloved family golden retriever dog of 15 1/2 years.  The kids were in their room, playing, laughing, giggling.  Mark was on a Skype call with the U.S., I was catching up on emails.  I saw the headline and said, “Oh no….  Josh.  Sonja.  Please come.”  I did not say another word.  Together we read Dad’s artful recount of Kulshan’s last few days.  And the tears started to flow.

Musician David Osmond Tours the Multiple Sclerosis Center with Dr. James Bowen

May 08, 2015
Musician David Osmond, from the famous musical Osmond family, visited the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center, touring the clinic with medical director, James Bowen. Having been diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS in 2005, Osmond was interested in learning more about comprehensive care for MS.