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Mary Ellen. South Chicago. Pizza Parlor. Multiple Sclerosis.

Well, this week we continue with our little walk down memory lane. We’ll hear from a caller named Mary Ellen who by the end of the call was not very happy with us. She recently sent us an email telling us her legs still hurt and we are crackpots!
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And we share with you “Is Anybody Out There Laughing?” our campaign to change the world with laughter one person at a time. We’ll share the exciting response of a cashier in a pizza parlor when he is asked, “Is anyone in your place laughing right now?”

RNs from Chicago's landslide vote to join National Nurses United

And joining Casey (Dan was excused to go to Chuck E. Cheese with seven 8-year olds) is RN Dorothy Ahmad. Dorothy is a CCU nurse at Stroger Hospital in Chicago. Recently registered nurses at Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center on Chicago’s South Side voted by 85 percent to join National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of RNs. The Jackson Park RNs voted 94 to 16 to join NNU. The secret ballot election was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. NNU will represent some 150 RNs at the hospital. “This is a victory for the nurses and the South Side of Chicago,” said one nurse.

Austyn Leigh
Support Team Nurse Talk | Austyn's Allstars in the walk for a cure for MS.

Casey then visits with Jennifer Gainza, the communications director for the Northern California chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. We asked Jennifer to come on the show and talk with us about MS, the signs the symptoms and current treatments. Approximately 400,000 Americans have MS- Multiple Sclerosis, and every week about 200 people are diagnosed. Worldwide, MS affects about 2.5 million people.

We were recently prompted to inquire about Multiple Sclerosis when our Nurse Talk web producer Tonia McCallum’s 20-year-old niece Austyn was diagnosed. Nurse Talk is sponsoring her team for the 2012 Walk MS in Santa Rosa, Calif. funding research for a cure. You can donate to Team Nurse Talk | Austyn’s Allstars or join a walk or volunteer in your town this spring by contacting the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

And of course we’ve got the Golden Bed Pan Award—no hints on the winner but we do get a call from a female media mogul thanking us for the award. Hmmmm. There’s also the Phobia of the Week and some email questions.

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It’s all here on Nurse Talk where laughter is the best medicine.

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