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2016-01-13 / Editorial

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GETTING CHILLY — Making the most fashionably late entrance I’ve seen in my lifetime, snow has started to fall across the region. While watching my dogs jump around and chase each other in the glittery powder can be very enjoyable, I’m not one to celebrate the arrival of the cold temperatures, especially after experiencing the November 2014 storm.

Being stuck in a house with snowdrifts higher than I was tall was not how I imagined spending that week. Hearing the stories of the travelers stuck in their cars made it hard to fathom that in this day and age Mother Nature could bring us all to a screeching halt.

In consideration of the lake effect snowstorm warnings haunting us this week, it’s important to remember how to be prepared to deal with the winter weather. In addition to driving more slowly and carefully when the roads are coated with snow and ice, it’s necessary to make sure there’s always at least half a tank of gas in your car. Packing spare warm clothes, blankets, food and water also can be an invaluable step if you can’t get home right away.

After last winter, it’s all the more apparent that we need to look out for each other as well as ourselves when the temperatures drop. Stay safe out there.

NOT ALONE — Going through a health crisis can be one of the most traumatic things that can happen to an individual. No two people can have the exact same experience with any illness, making it all the more important to offer those suffering from serious illness and their caregivers a safe place to process their thoughts and talk to other people who understand the situation.

Support groups are one way to try and cope with an experience like that. A cancer survivor myself, I have found it immensely helpful to seek out others with experiences similar to mine, because no matter how bizarre a medical record I seem to have, it always makes me feel less alone.

Here are some local groups meeting in the Ken-Ton area this month:

- The Kenmore Mercy Hospital bimonthly stroke support group will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the hospital’s medical rehabilitation unit dining room, located on the second floor of the hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. Attendance is free and open to recently diagnosed stroke patients, long-term stroke survivors, family members and loved ones. For more information or to register for a meeting, call 447-6205 or visit chsbuffalo.org/events.

- A grief support group meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at First Trinity Lutheran Church, 2235 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda. The speaker will be Marsha Peth, who will share her journey through grief, “Out of the Darkness, Into the Light.” Contact Susie at 580-7254 for more information.

- The Parkinson Disease Northtowns Caregiver Support Group will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Meadows in Weinberg Campus, 2650 N. Forest Road, Amherst. It is open to caregivers of Parkinson’s disease patients throughout WNY. For more information, contact the NPFWNY office at 449-3795

YOUR BUSINESS IS OUR BUSINESS — Have you opened or expanded a business or received an appointment or promotion? If so, we might publish it on our business page. Call 204-4920 or email mbest@beenews.com.

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