The plight of Alzheimer's patients and the challenges for those who care for them are garnering more attention thanks to movies such as "Still Alice" and the steady disclosure of well-known sufferers, such as musician Glen Campbell, model and entrepreneur B. Smith and Jeb Bush's mother-in-law. They are all courageous in talking about the disease that robs people of mind and dignity.
Anthony Sideri hit rock bottom while wrapped in a dirty blanket on the floor of a jail infirmary bathroom in Middleton, Massachusetts. He was 25, shivering, sweating, throwing up and going through the full withdrawals of heroin.
If all goes according to plan, in a little less than four months I'll be having gastric bypass surgery. As of this writing I need to lose 149 pounds to be on the upper range of the "normal weight" for my height. That's my Everest, and in a year's time, I plan to conquer it.
From the time she was a little girl, Michelle Poler was afraid of the world. She avoided big, playful dogs, scared they might bite her. Terrified of pain, she dreaded dentist's and doctor's appointments. She missed dinner parties and networking events that required her to drive at night, nervous about getting in an accident. A fear of vomiting kept her from trying foods with unusual textures or flavors.