Memorial Behavioral Health’s Children’s Mosaic Project is a collaboration of community resources that form a complete network of behavioral healthcare to youth in central Illinois. MOSAIC, or Meaningful Opportunities for Success and Achievement Through Service Integration for Children, brings together healthcare services, schools and neighborhood outreach programs to create an integrated mosaic of services.
Now a happy and healthy teenager, Trina* wanted to share her story to let others know they are not alone. Trina, a high school senior, took part in MOSAIC counseling services after she scored in the highly elevated range on a social-emotional screen. Although she had never had any counseling services before, she said she often felt depressed. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s a killer many of us know little about. It affects more than 1 million people each year, and half don’t survive. It could begin with something as small as a cut in gym class, and warning signs and red flags can be easily missed or misread. If not treated within a couple of hours, consequences are almost always deadly.
What is Sepsis?
Sepsis is your body’s toxic or severe response to an infection. Symptoms include high or low body temperature, fast heart rate and extreme discomfort. The death rate from sepsis is higher than breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer combined. And somehow, fewer than half of Americans have even heard the word “sepsis,” according to the Sepsis Alliance. Read the rest of this entry »
Aimee Brunk remembers receiving her first set of hearing aids at four years old.
“It was a little overwhelming,” said the now 16-year-old AC Central High School sophomore. “Before, I couldn’t hear birds or even air conditioning. All of the sudden, I could hear cars rushing by and everything else.”
Aimee had been a frustrated toddler, throwing fits and not listening or speaking clearly. Her mom, Billie, knew there was something more than the “terrible twos” going on. After visiting a speech therapist and their primary care physician, she took Aimee for testing at the Hearing Center at Memorial Medical Center.
“They were so good with her,” Billie said about the audiologists at the Hearing Center. “They played games and put her at ease. I could tell they were used to working with kids.” Read the rest of this entry »
You could say Brad Knapp had it all: a beautiful family with the recent addition of a sweet baby girl, a successful career as a chemical engineer at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), and a healthy workout regimen including hitting the gym every day for endurance to pursue his passion for water sports.
Just about the last thing on the 37-year-old Decatur resident’s mind was the possibility of a stroke. But that quickly changed last February.
In the middle of the night, he woke up to give his then 6-month-old baby, Paloma, a bottle. His 12-year-old son, Caleb, and 8-year-old daughter, Aubrey, were asleep in another room. He started fumbling around. Hearing the noise, his wife, Brooke, went in and turned on the light and saw him fall to the floor. Read the rest of this entry »
Nichole Jones prior to her surgery and healthy lifestyle.
What would it take to get you to don a tutu and run a 5K?
For Nichole Jones, it was a celebration. Celebrating the loss of nearly half her body weight. Celebrating the reversal of the dangerous path she was on toward diabetes.
Born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, Nichole struggled with her weight since she was in elementary school. She spent her summers with her grandparents, and like any doting grandparents, they made sure she ate. Her grandma’s cooking was on a par with Paula Deen’s high-calorie recipes, and her grandpa could always be counted on to pick up her favorite fast-food meals.
As she grew into adulthood, Nichole’s eating habits stayed the same. She couldn’t shake her habit of mindless eating, consuming food not because she was hungry but because she was bored. Read the rest of this entry »
Scott Phillips was experiencing the usual aches and pains of growing older. The sixty-plus-year-old knew he was out of shape, but didn’t fully realize the extent of his condition until he attended a Memorial SportsCare “Over 40 Fitness” class.
“The toughest part of the class was seeing the biometric testing results and ‘fitness age’ calculation,” he said. “While I knew I was out of shape, these results provided actual numbers that I could no longer ignore. That information continues to provide me with an ongoing source of motivation to exercise and improve my health.” Read the rest of this entry »
Back in March of 2014, we featured Harold Whitnall’s story. Harold’s lung had collapsed five times in the past 40 years, beginning when he was 25 years old. Diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Harold suffered on a daily basis with a severely limiting condition. Thankfully, pulmonary therapy gave him back his life.
We checked back in with Harold who plans to climb the 532 stairs again this Sunday in the “Fight for Air Climb” at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre. It takes him about 27 minutes.
“I won’t stop until I reach the top,” Harold said. “It’s pretty amazing, to know I can do that. I can go out and do just about anything. My wife and I are really enjoying life.”
Learn more about Harold’s travels with his grandkids and his renewed energy and enthusiasm for life in this short update video. Read the rest of this entry »
Leroy Jordan and Dr. Elias
Leroy Jordan is a man who appreciates structure. He rises at 6 a.m. each morning and almost always eats the same cereal for breakfast. After taking medication to manage his diabetes, he settles into his recliner to read the morning paper. Then, it’s a quick shower and on a good day, a visit to the gym.
But Feb. 25, 2015, was different. Read the rest of this entry »
After losing more than 100 pounds
Sparkle before surgery
After a full day working with senior citizens and special needs kids and adults, Sparkle Hill would come home from her job at the Decatur Park District thoroughly exhausted.
Her first stop was the bedroom, where she would lie down and wait until the pain went away. She knew the culprit was her weight, an issue she had struggled with most of her life. By March 2015, she weighed 358 pounds. She was tired of being in pain. She knew something had to change.
Since her mid-20s, the 5-foot-10 Decatur woman had tried almost everything: diet pills, B12 shots, several popular diets. Nothing worked. It was time to pursue the one thing she hadn’t tried, something that had been successful for several of her family members – weight-loss surgery.
Since her surgery, she’s lost more than 100 pounds. And she plans to keep going until she reaches her goal weight of 190 pounds. Read the rest of this entry »
Not many people look back on knee replacement surgery with fond memories, but Angie Griffin is unique. On April 8, 2013, she turned 60 and was gifted with a new knee joint at Taylorville Memorial Hospital (TMH). Before she was wheeled into surgery, the surgical team brought her a birthday cake with candles, gave her a tiara to wear over her surgical head covering and sang “Happy Birthday.”
In May of 2015, Angie was back at TMH for surgery on her other knee.
“I’d do it again tomorrow if I had to,” Angie said. “I can take the stairs like a normal person, walk around the mall or grocery store, work in the yard, sit on the floor. Life is good!”
Angie struggled with intense pain in her knees for several years prior to surgery. She received injections, tried reconstructive surgery and went to therapy to no avail. The pain was constant, and her mobility decreased to the point where she couldn’t go up and down stairs or even walk comfortably. Read the rest of this entry »